George Zimmerman may be facing a whole new set of charges. After the verdict stating that neighborhood watch volunteer was not guilty for the death of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was handed down late Saturday night, the NAACP immediately started a petition in the midst of public outrage for the Justice Department to probe the case.
According to a statement, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida announced Sunday (July 14) that they have opened an investigation into the murder of the 17-year-old, who was unarmed when shot dead in February. Federal prosecutors will determine if they should bring forth criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
"Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction," the statement said. Justice added that it will determine "whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the department's policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial."
The decision will be based on evidence and testimony produced in the 16-day trial along with a previous federal probe that was put on hold for state prosecutors to move forward.
Read the full AP report here.
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