Justice Department To Review Zimmerman Case

By Emma Koch

Credit: MGN Online: Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel

Justice Department To Review Zimmerman Case

July 15, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.incnow.tv) -- He may be a free an now, but he may be defending himself again, this time against the federal government.

Saturday night a six-woman jury found George Zimmerman not guilty and he was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Nation-wide protests and riots broke out and by Sunday the NAACP was calling for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said on CNN's "State of the Union" that "it's important, just as we all put our faith in this justice system in Florida and in the jury, that we let the justice system run its course. There will be a federal civil rights phase. We are putting our faith in that system".

The Justice Department also announced there would be an investigation where "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes without our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate".

According to an article in The Washington Times, in order for civil rights charges to be successful, the federal government would have to prove that Zimmerman's actions were motivated by racism. Prosecutors would have to prove that Martin would be alive today if it were not for Zimmerman's prejudices.

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