“Eric Holder promises “compassion” and “truth” in Zimmerman case”

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By Stephanie Condon

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Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department “will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law” as it considers whether to pursue criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

“We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion – and also with truth,” Holder said Monday in Washington, D.C., at the national convention for the African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. “We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents.”

After a Florida jury on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of state charges, civil rights groups have called for the Justice Department to weigh in on the case. The department is reviewing evidence and considering whether to take action. Zimmerman, while serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer last year in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., shot the 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.

Holder called Martin’s death “tragic” and “unnecessary.”

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English: A photo of former Deputy Attorney Gen...

English: A photo of former Deputy Attorney General (1997-2001) and Acting Attorney General (2001) . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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