BREAKING: Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks Out Against Martin Shooting
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US Attorney General Eric Holder today publicly commented on the outcome of the Zimmerman murder trial in Florida.
Holder called the shooting of Martin, “tragic & unnecessary” and said that the Justice Department will continue their investigation of George Zimmerman for possible civil rights violations.
However, over a year ago, the FBI concluded that there was no racial bias or civil rights issues within the case. Since that time, no new evidence has come forward to show otherwise.
In fact, some trial testimony may actually show that race was certainly not a factor in the case at all.
The most famous case in which someone was found guilty of civil rights violations was when the police officers in the Rodney King case were convicted of civil rights violations after being acquitted at the state level.
However, that case had direct video evidence and officers were prosecuted under the stricter civil rights laws which pertain to law enforcement officers, not the general laws which cover private citizens.
According to Fox News,
Serino, the Sanford detective, told FBI agents last year that after examining the case, it appeared Zimmerman was suspicious of Martin because of his “attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community.”
Serino told the FBI that there had been several burglaries in the area, and that gang members in the community “typically dressed in black and wore hoodies.”
“When Zimmerman saw Martin in a hoody, Zimmerman took it upon himself to view Martin as acting suspicious,” Serino said, while describing Zimmerman as “overzealous.” The FBI document was posted on the Smoking Gun website.
McClatchy also has reported on another set of documents that show FBI agents interviewed a dozens of people in the course of probing possible racial bias but nobody would say Zimmerman showed such bias before the shooting.
On Saturday night, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges against him including second degree murder and manslaughter by a six member, all female jury. Zimmerman has not made any public appearances outside of court and his location is unknown as he has endured numerous threats on his life since the start of the trial.