In unsurprising news, George Zimmerman is unlikely to face civil rights charges for his singular role in the death of Trayvon Martin. The Washington Post spoke to three different law enforcement officials to confirm the news.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in a Florida state trial last year in July. The prosecution had argued that the 17-year-old kid was racial profiled after he walked alone through a quiet Sanford neighborhood. Zimmerman, acting as the community watch dog, was heard referring to Martin as “they” on the police audio, prompting civil rights leaders to consider the incident a hate crime.
The Martin family lawyer, Benjamin Crump remained optimistic with the press saying “Trayvon’s parents continue to hope and pray for justice, and they won’t have any comments until they hear officially from the Justice Department. A a spokeswoman for the Justice Department said the investigation “is active and ongoing” and denied to comment on what the aforementioned officials had speculated on.
Mark O’Mara, the lawyer who got Zimmerman acquitted of the charges told the press that the murder investigation produced 40 witness statements that were not indicative of any hate crimes.
“I was watching the whole case pretty closely for two years, and they didn’t do anything except take those 40 statements,” he said. The statements “suggested that George acted in very non-racist ways. He took a black girl to the prom. His best buddy was a black guy. He mentored two black kids. He sought justice for a black homeless man beaten up by a white cop’s son. To those who have seen civil rights investigations and civil rights violations,” he said, “it looked as though the Department of Justice was just placating pressure that existed by suggesting there was an ongoing investigation.”
Zimmerman was last spotted in Florida telling a motorist that he would “[expletive] kill him.”