NAACP asks Obama administration to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman


Within minutes of the six-woman jury in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom acquitting George Zimmerman of all charges, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced that it would seek a civil rights complaint through the Department of Justice.

At 10:01 The Associated Press tweeted the jury verdict in Florida vs. George Zimmerman.

Seventeen minutes later, the NAACP announced that they would pursue justice in a higher court — the Obama administration.

A short time later, the NAACP tweeted its petition to the Department of Justice. The petition reads as follows, according to The Daily Caller.

Attorney General Eric Holder. The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.

The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” the NAACP wrote. “We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.

Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, has openly expressed admiration for Attorney General Eric Holder in a commentary in The Hill titled “Attack on Holder is attack on civil rights.” That admiration has been returned.

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