Al Sharpton says Zimmerman verdict ‘only the first round in the pursuit of justice’

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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.