Al Sharpton, NAACP to ask DOJ to file civil case against George Zimmerman

Shocked by the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case, Al Sharpton, the NAACP and more than 100,000 U.S. citizens have asked the Department of Justice to take on the George Zimmerman trial as a civil rights case.

Al Sharpton released the following statement:

“The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as
they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman.

“I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps. And intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”

– Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network and MSNBC Host.

Also, the NAACP set up a petition for the case to go to the D.O.J. More than 100,000 people signed the petition within a few hours, according to Buzz Feed.

Sharpton also made the following statement on Twitter.