The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) immediately called on the Obama administration to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman after the not guilty verdict was announced.
Zimmerman was on trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Attorney General Eric Holder,” the petition reads, “The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.”
“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,” the NAACP wrote. “We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”
“Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today,” the NAACP wrote.
The NAACP tweeted that it received more than 100,000 signatures in less than 3 hours after the petition was posted. The NAACP’s website was down much of Sunday morning, but the organization was directing users to MoveOn.org where the petition was also posted.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the president of the NAACP and Holder have both expressed their admiration for one another.
Jealous wrote an op-ed for The Hill last month that was titled “Attack on Holder is attack on civil rights,” which praised Holder, the head of the Obama administration’s Justice Department.