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Thousands sign NAACP petition for DOJ investigation

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Updated: 7/15/2013 12:26 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- Almost 400,000 people have signed an NAACP petition asking for a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice following George Zimmerman's acquittal.

The NAACP launched the petition shortly after the not guilty verdict was handed down Saturday night.

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Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have gone on the website to sign the petition. At one point, the site even crashed because so many people were trying to access it.

The petition calls for the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into Trayvon Martin's death. The petition also asks the D.O.J. to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

"We believe there is enough here for civil rights charges to be brought. It does appear that race was a factor," NAACP president, Benjamin Jealous said.

By noon Sunday, more than 350,000 people had signed the petition.

Coincidentally, the NAACP is holding its annual national convention at the Orange County Convention Center through July 17.

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Truthseeker - 7/16/2013 4:55 AM
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If the media said thousands signed, that probably means a dozen or so. And you all are right. It doesn't seem that there is any racism involved unless a black is killed by another race. All other murders and race combinations are non-issues. If a black kills a black or any other race, that is practically condoned by the NAACP.

Realchange - 7/16/2013 1:59 AM
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I started a petition to counter the one started by the NAACP you can see it here: https://www.change.org/petitions/us-president-obama-attorney-general-eric-holder-stop-the-harrsement-of-zimmerman-due-to-unjust-practices-by-the-government#

Realchange - 7/16/2013 1:21 AM
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Is there way to start petition against this petition calling for the US government to no invoke double jeopardy and retry a man just because people don't know the facts about the ReaL Trayvon Martin? I bet it would probably get 5.8 million signatures overnight. How do we go about setting up an anti-petition?

mandingo - 7/15/2013 10:53 PM
4 Votes
He should have never hit the man that shows the lack of respect these people have for others. This was not a case of black and white it was self defense. If the naacp wants to do something about it they should start in the black community they murder people more than any other race and have no respect for others.

c9bcrewman - 7/15/2013 8:20 PM
5 Votes
most of the killing's in jax are black on black. so what is the naacp doing about it? nothing. but if it is white involved they raise the roof, and protest. shame on them!!!!!!

c9bcrewman - 7/15/2013 8:14 PM
4 Votes
when did the naacp ever defend a white person after a black man killed a white person? they are racest. the verdict is in it's over. but black people are alway's looking out for themselve's. total shame.

LO61903 - 7/15/2013 5:15 PM
5 Votes
OJ butchers two people and gets off and that's justice? GZ is declared not guilty and that's racism? How? TM got exactly what he deserved when he jumped GZ in the dark. If he was soooo afraid of some "cracker" (his words) following him, why didn't he use his cell phone to call 911 instead of talking to his girlfriend? Or knock on someone's door and ask them to call?

M1A MA9101 - 7/15/2013 5:14 PM
5 Votes
Racism is more prominant with blacks than anyother race. It is they who always play the race card when things don't go their way or they don't get what they want. What is it called when blacks kill blacks? It seems as if it's only racism when someone other than a black is involved. Why isn't it racism when a black kills a white or calls them a honky or a cracker? NAACP can go pound sand for all I care.

julie - 7/15/2013 4:05 PM
7 Votes
I think. The NAACP should stay out of this because there is out her people out there that gets killed every day and you don't see the NAACP doing anything that because we are white and the jury was right about the case so let it go

cabgx2 - 7/15/2013 2:11 PM
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They failed to mention that the NAACP is having a scheduled convention in Orlando.
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