NAACP wants Zimmerman to face federal charges

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  • SANFORD, Florida -- George Zimmerman may have walked out of the Seminole County Courthouse on Saturday night a free man, but he could still be back in court for the death of Trayvon Martin. The NAACP wants the Justice Department to file federal charges, while the Martin family could file a civil suit.

    NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous said more than a million people have already signed an online petition calling on the DOJ to pursue hate crime charges.

    "Quite frankly when you have a young person who's wrongfully killed and it appears that race was a factor, then there's a role for the U.S. DOJ to play," Todd Jealous said.

    Todd Jealous said Saturday night the Justice Department assured him that an investigation is ongoing.

    A day after Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder, an attorney for the Martin family repeated a civil suit is also a strong possibility.

    "Oh, very much so," Daryl Parks told 10 News.

    Parks did not lay out a timeline for making a decision but indicated that is the direction the Martin family is headed.

    "We'll make an informed decision. We don't make decisions based on ego and pomp and circumstance. We make a different decision, but certainly that is a possibility."

    10 News tried to talk with Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara about both the NAACP's efforts and a possible civil suit, but he declined our interview request, citing a prior network interview agreement.

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