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White House petitions call for federal charges against Zimmerman

Daniel Strauss
The Hill [1]
July 15, 2013

Two White House petitions are calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, after his acquittal in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

One petition [2] on the “We the People” website urges the Justice Department to prosecute Zimmerman for “depriving Trayvon Martin of his Constitutional Rights of Life and Liberty,” and had over 13,000 signatures as of 8 a.m. Monday morning. A second similar petition [3] had over 1,000 signatures.

The petitions need to cross a 100,000 threshold to earn an official response from administration officials.

The petitions come after a Sanford, Fla. jury found Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin, an unarmed black teenager, not guilty on manslaughter and second degree murder charges.

Full article here [1]