NAACP Pushing for Zimmerman Civil Case

The organization is petitioning the Justice Department to pursue a lawsuit against the acquitted man.

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NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

The Huffington Post reports that NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous announced that he plans to submit petitions with 1.7 million signatures to the Justice Department. The petitions call for the department to file charges against George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights.

The NAACP started its push to have civil charges filed against Zimmerman not long after he was found not guilty of second-degree murder for killing Martin this year.

Jealous says about a million of the signatures collected were sent by cell phone, and many were from young people.

Martin has emerged as a recurring symbol at protests of continued unequal treatment of blacks and other minorities.

His mother was among the speakers at Saturday's events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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