The FBI has asked Florida authorities not to give George Zimmerman his gun back, even though he was acquitted of all charges for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Some believe that the request is an indication that the Justice Department is seriously considering pursing a federal civil rights case against Zimmerman. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder told the NAACP that his department would "consider all available information" before deciding whether to move forward.
According to Sanford police spokesman Capt. Jim McAuliffe, the police officers will be holding onto the evidence in the case for now.
"The evidence is just in a hold status, pending their DOJ investigation," McAuliffe said. The evidence that the department is keeping includes Zimmerman's gun, Martin's clothes, his cell phone and the infamous bag of Skittles.
The Justice Department has set up a public email address asking for any tips or information regarding the case and has spoken with civil rights leaders from across the country about the case.
Some reports indicate that Holder will have a difficult time bringing a civil rights case against Zimmerman because there has been no evidence that he exhibited racial bias, according to Fox News.
As this story unfolds, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being pressured to repeal Florida's stand-your-ground law and to take steps to combat racial profiling. Scott held a meeting with protesters to try and understand why they had a problem with the law.
"There has to be a comprehensive approach to make sure every child in Florida can feel safe again," Gabriel Pendas told the governor during the meeting.