Many critics have expressed their outrage following the George Zimmerman verdict. Some have taken to rioting in the streets, while others are taking a much more official route. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced that its petition to persuade the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman has amassed 1 million signatures. With a total U.S. population of about 316 million, that means that about 1 in every 316 U.S. citizens has signed the petition.
The petition reached the 1 million mark within three days of the verdict in the Zimmerman case. Ben Jealous, the CEO and president of the NAACP, argued that Zimmerman’s actions were motivated by racism.
“It is clear George Zimmerman’s bias played a major role in the events that led to the death of Trayvon Martin," Jealous said. "A cousin called the police days after the murder and said, ‘I think he did this because of race.’ He had previously called the police dozens of times, disproportionately about young men of color who he thought were suspect.”
He added: “George Zimmerman himself stated on the night of the attack, ‘These punks always get away with this.’ The law says you must be able to show that race was a factor and that bodily harm was done. We believe there is enough evidence to satisfy this standard.”
The petition reads, “The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin.”
It is a somewhat strange argument. Based on this wording, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should bring civil rights violations against every single person who kills another in self-defense. The petition is apparently not against racism or Zimmerman as much as it is against taking human life in general.
Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, called the not guilty verdict “appalling” and argued that the massive petition shows how disgusted the American people are with the justice system.
Do you agree with the 1 million people who signed the petition? Or is this just an attempt to get past the double jeopardy restriction?
Source: Daily Caller