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Justice Department to Restart Civil Rights Investigation of Trayvon Martin’s Death

Following Saturday night’s not guilty verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin, the United States Department of Justice has announced that it will restart its civil rights investigation into whether the killing was a hate crime.

 The investigation was put on hold pending the state criminal prosecution, but in statement issued Sunday, the Justice Department stated that “[e]xperienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction.”

 See LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill discuss the Department of Justice investigation on MSNBC here.

 You can read more about the Justice Department’s  actions in the New York Times here.