U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that while the U.S. Justice Department has not decided whether to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, it is possible.
Zimmerman was found not guilty in July for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Martin was shot and killed by the neighborhood watchman while walking home from the convenience store in south Florida.
Holder said the agency’s investigation is under way. “I’m not sure exactly how much longer that will take, but we will get to a point where we are able to make a determination,” he told reporters at an unrelated news conference at the agency’s headquarters. Holder, during an April speech to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, pledged to “take appropriate action” if the agency finds evidence of a potential federal civil rights crime in the Zimmerman case.
Holder has warned that the Justice Department faces a “very high barrier” in pursuing federal criminal charges in the case.
“The case of George Zimmerman — and what happens there — I think a substantial part was resolved in the case that was tried,” Holder told The Hill.
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