Civil rights probe into Trayvon Martin shooting still active


Trayvon Martinsource: The Hill 
published: September 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the federal civil rights investigation into the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains active, noting “recent developments” in the case.

The Justice Department is weighing charges against George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Martin in an incident that captured national interest.

Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges more than a year ago, but the Justice Department is still running down leads as part of its civil rights probe, Holder said.

“That matter is ongoing,” said Holder, who was asked about the case during a news conference announcing the opening of another civil rights investigation centered on the Ferguson, Mo., police force in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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