More than 380,000 people have signed a petition created after a jury found George Zimmerman not-guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Saturday, calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation.
“A jury has acquitted George Zimmerman, but we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Sign our petition to the Department of Justice today,” a note accompanying the petition on Moveon.org read.
In barely 12 hours, the petition has garnered 250,000 signatures on the NAACP site, and the petition by MoveOn.org drew 140,000.
The petition, created by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, and addressed to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, calls for the DOJ to file “civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”
“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…Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.”
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