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Lawmakers Want Dept. Of Justice To File Civil Rights Case Against Zimmerman

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are calling for the Justice Department to pursue a civil rights case against George Zimmerman now that he's been found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin.

Over the weekend small protests popped up around D.C., with many people voicing confusion and anger at the not-guilty verdict. Lawmakers in the region say Florida's Stand Your Ground law is deeply flawed and allowed Zimmerman to get away with killing an unarmed teen.

While there isn't much a divided Congress can do to impact that state law, many Democrats say they've already given the Justice Department the tools it needs to prosecute Zimmerman for civil rights violations.

The NAACP says it s already engaged in high-level talks at the Justice Department about pursing a federal civil rights case now that Zimmerman has been cleared of criminal charges.

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