The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has called on the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after he was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act,” read an online NAACP petition addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder, posted Saturday night after the verdict announcement.
“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. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation,” the petition stated.
The NAACP tweeted that it received more than 100,000 signatures in 2 1/2 hours after the petition was posted. The NAACP’s website was down much of Sunday morning, but the organization was directing users to MoveOn.org where the petition was also posted.