NAACP and Others Weigh In on George Zimmerman's Not Guilty Verdict

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  • Benjamin Todd Jealous
  • Roslyn M. Brock
  • Mark O'Mara
  • Don West
  • Angela Corey
  • Robert Zimmerman Jr.
  • Benjamin Crump

Benjamin Todd Jealous

Leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) have launched an online petition calling for the Justice Department to file civil charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Keep reading for the civil rights group's official response to Zimmerman's verdict, as well as insight from key players in the case. -- Britt Middleton

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous: “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.”

(Photo: REUTERS/David Manning)

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