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7/14/13 12:37 PM
The NAACP has approached the Justice Department about pursuing civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
An all-women jury deliberated for two days after five weeks of trial and found Zimmerman not guilty for the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin.
The verdict was announced late Saturday and reactions from the NAACP were immediate.
In a statement released Saturday, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said:
We are outraged and heartbroken over today�s verdict. We stand with Trayvon�s family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.
Over 100,000 people have signed a petition asking the Department of Justice to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman.