Feds take evidence related to Zimmerman trial, including gun
(CNN) -- Florida authorities have delivered all evidence
related to the George Zimmerman investigation to federal officials, who are
weighing whether to pursue a civil rights case.
The Sanford Police Department
said it turned over all evidence, including a gun, to the Department of Justice
Justice officials are
investigating whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights when he
shot the African-American teenager.
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Zimmerman, a former neighborhood
watch volunteer, was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges
on July 13 after claiming he fired in self-defense. The shooting occurred in
February last year.
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Attorney General Eric Holder has
said the Justice Department will "act in a manner that is consistent with the
facts and the law." Holder described Martin's shooting as " tragic,
unnecessary," and said a thorough investigation will be conducted.
"Independent of the legal
determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet
another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and
emotionally charged issues that this case has raised," Holder said last week.
"We must not -- as we have too often in the past -- let this opportunity
Justice officials opened an
investigation into the Zimmerman case last year and will include testimony from
the Florida trial.
Various civil rights groups have
protested nationwide to demand the Justice Department bring federal charges
A petition by the NAACP has reached 1.5 million signatures, the civil rights organization
said on its website.
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