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DOJ, President Obama weigh in on Zimmerman verdict

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The Justice Department says it is looking into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine if a hate crime was committed and whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges. 

George Zimmerman was acquitted in the state case on Saturday night. 

The DOJ opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.

In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.  The statement said that, in the government's words, "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation."

President Barack Obama said in a statement, it's a time for "calm reflection," now that the jury has cleared Zimmerman.  He called Martin's death a tragedy.  Obama added Americans should ask themselves if they're doing all they can to stem gun violence, and what can be done to prevent future tragedies like the Florida shooting.

 

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