ben jealousThe NAACP, “outraged” over the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, is demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice prosecute Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin.

“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. “We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed,” Jealous said.

Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that a civil rights probe had previously been opened by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that continues to “evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial.”

Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman, 29, maintains he shot Martin, 17, in self-defense. The state contends that Zimmerman “profiled” Martin and concluded he was a criminal.

Rev. Jesse Jackson tweeted that the “American legal system has once again failed justice,” but urged his followers to “avoid violence.”

“We are saddened and disappointed by this decision. It is a pattern involving young black men that is too often repeating itself,” Jackson wrote. “Avoid violence, it will lead to more tragedies. Find a way for self-construction not deconstruction in this time of despair.”

Terry Shropshire

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  • Muriel

    Supposedly Martin’s parents specifically said they did NOT want this to be a black-white issue; nor should it be. Amazing, whenever a person is black, and they don’t get their way, they automatically hold up the race card. I am an objective observer of situations like this case, and other every day events, and over and over again, it is the same thing. I am a poor Caucasian woman, who continues to struggle financially, however , I taught my children to get an education, so they could better themselves, and that they have to take responsibility for their own welfare, without blaming others for their misfortunes. Suit Up, Show Up, and do the next Right thing. Taking the easier softer way (teaching our children to use the race card), is not a healthy, successful way to help a child feel successful in his own right. Just my 2 cents……

  • jim

    Zimmerman was protected by his retired judge dad. This is wrong and needs to be looked at. This is unfair, favoritism, and corruption and should not be tolerated.