George Zimmerman won’t face federal charges in Trayvon Martin’s death

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SANFORD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, stands with his defense counsel Jeff Dowdy (R) during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house. He was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager, Trayvon Martin.   (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, stands with his defense counsel Jeff Dowdy (R) during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman, 30, was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house. He was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed, black teenager, Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) ā€” The Justice Department says George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The department announced its decision Tuesday, saying that there was not enough evidence to bring federal civil rights charges, which would have required proof that the killing was motivated by racial animosity.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted of second-degree murder in July 2013. He has said he shot Martin in self-defense during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

The case created a national conversation about race and self-defense gun laws. Martin, who was unarmed when he was killed, was black. The teen’s relatives have accused Zimmerman of starting the fight and racially profiling Martin.

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