A lawyer for George Zimmerman on Monday said it was unlikely he would face federal civil rights charges after his acquittal in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
A jury in Sanford, Fla. found neighborhood watchman Zimmerman not guilty on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in a case which gripped the nation’s attention and sparked debate about racial profiling and gun laws.
“I don’t think the federal investigation will develop into any sort of charges,” said Don West, a lawyer for Zimmerman in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Democrats and civil rights groups are pressing for the Justice Department to bring federal charges against Zimmerman.
The DOJ on Sunday said it was evaluating the evidence in the case and reviewing the state trial.
“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial,” said Dena Iverson, a DOJ spokeswoman.