Hours after a Florida court found him not guilty on charges including second-degree murder, the federal government announced that it will review the case of Trayvon’s death to see if his civil rights were violated.
Originally, Attorney General Eric Holder started a probe to determine whether or not George and Trayvon’s altercation was racially motivated. However, when George’s trial began in Florida, Erica tabled the investigation. Now that the trial is over, it can be reopened.
“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, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate,” the Justice Department said.
“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.”
He added , “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.”
Following the verdict, there is word that George has gone back into hiding and that he may get the gun he shot Trayvon with back. Supposedly, he fears for his life now more than he ever did before.
However, he may not be out of the legal woods just yet. Despite being found not guilty, Trayvon’s parents may level a civil suit against him.