U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen agrees with the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP and others who have asked the U.S. Dept. of Justice to consider federal hate crime and/or other civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
“Right here in Memphis, federal law was used to achieve justice in the murder of Shelby County Code Enforcement inspector Mickey Wright when state law and local authorities failed to do so,” Cohen said in a statement released Sunday. “I requested an investigation by then-FBI Agent-in-Charge My Harrison that led to a federal indictment by U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton III and a subsequent guilty plea that will keep the murderer behind bars for the rest of his life.
“The family and friends of Trayvon Martin are in my heart today, and I am disappointed in this miscarriage of justice allowing an undisputed killer to walk free. I will request that the Department of Justice fully consider federal hate crime or other civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. We have a responsibility to protect the safety of all people in this country and the vigilantism that led to the death of an unarmed teenager must not go unpunished.”
Meanwhile, the Justice Dept. released a statement Sunday saying it’s looking into the death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Associated Press, to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are appropriate against Zimmerman.