Eric Holder Says DOJ Will Decide on Charges Against Zimmerman
(WASHINGTON) -- Admitting that the George Zimmerman trial has raised "complicated and emotionally charged issues," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta on Monday that the Justice Department will eventually decide whether to file criminal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch captain for the death of Trayvon Martin.
Following last Saturday's verdict in which a six-member jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder, Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute Zimmerman for shooting Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American.
Holder said on Monday, "We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion -- and also with truth" while promising that the DOJ "continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law."
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Jay Carney said at his daily press briefing that President Obama will not involve himself in the Justice Department's decision, whatever it may be, adding that he doesn't believe the president has spoken to the attorney general about the issue.
On Tuesday, Holder, who called Martin's shooting "tragic" and "unnecessary," is expected to talk about the case and gun violence in general at the NAACP convention in Orlando, Fla.
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