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NEW YORK (PIX11) – In the wake of George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton released a statement on his Facebook page saying the verdict was a “slap in the face to the American people.”

The President of the National Action Network said in the 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 I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”

Sharpton, who is also host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” has been vocal in the case from the beginning, being one of the leading voices calling for charges to be brought against Zimmerman for shooting the unarmed teenager on February 26, 2012.

A petition created by the NAACP urging the DOJ to bring a civil case against Zimmerman already has over 115,000 signatures.

5 comments

  • Jeffrey

    Do we indict people and try them … to satisfy a population? … I understand the positions taken by people who believe Zimmerman was a racist. There are other ways to deal with it."
    There were no civil rights issues in this case. Other than the ones the racial arsonists brought.

  • JIM

    HEY AL……..DID YOU EVER SAY YOUR SORRY TO PAJONAS? YOUR A RACIST SHAKE DOWN ARTIST…GO TO RHOWANDA AND SEE HOW LONG YOU LAST WITH YOUR PEOPLE…….NO BALLS…JUST BIG MOUTH…I HOPE ZIMMERMAN SUES MARTINS AND STATE OF FLORIDA FOR A FRIVILOUS SUITE………

  • dan demaio

    Al u may not have a job after zimmerman sues NBC for their bias reporting when they used his interview and took parts out of content………..

  • oceanguyjamie

    I think it is ridiculous how many people are turning this into an issue about color and race. No offense to the african-american population but when O.J. a black man was acquitted of killing a white person, the white population didn't get all up in a tizzy. Quit playing the color card. Accept that a jury of your peers did not feel there was enough evidence. That said, eventually O.J. got his day in prison. Evil will never prevail and in the end, if Zimmerman was guilty, one day he will be held accountable for his actions.

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