The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

George Zimmerman remains free, while a family continues to mourn the death of a young man—and his memory lies ever present in the minds of his family and Americans throughout the country.  We are deeply disappointed by the news that the Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin and will not be filing criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. The NAACP will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed. The NAACP continues to remain committed to justice no matter how long or how difficult. No one should be protected by the law when committing senseless crimes or any act of violence. Our deepest prayers and support continue to be with the family of Trayvon Martin.

Ms. Adora Obi Nweze, NAACP Florida State Conference President:

The Florida State Conference and greater Florida community remain committed to the fight against the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and across the nation. The decision from the Department of Justice to not file criminal civil right charges against George Zimmerman only deepens our resolve to continue our campaign against this unjust law. We will continue to provide moral support for Trayvon Martin’s family and the work they are doing to fight injustice.

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