The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an investigation into whether or not Civil Rights violations were committed against Trayvon Martin.
In an effort to involve the public in this request, the NAACP has started an online petition. The petition in available on the NAACP’s website: http://www.naacp.org/sign-the-DOJ-petition.
“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”
A statement encouraging people to sign the petition reads: “George Zimmerman has been found not guilty. Turn your anger, outrage and heartbreak into action. Urge the DOJ to take action today.
“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “We stand with Trayvon’s family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we 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.”