In the wake of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, pressure is mounting on the Justice Department to pursue civil rights charges against the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted Saturday night in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The head of the group leading that charge, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, is comparing the outcome of the Zimmerman trial — specifically, the fact that the defendant avoided jail while admitting he shot Martin — with the infamous Michael Vick dog-fighting case.
“We should listen to our young people and search with them whey they ask, ‘How is it that young Trayvon Martin could be killed by George Zimmerman and George Zimmerman gets no time when Michael Vick got two-and-a-half years for killing dogs?’” Mr. Jealous said during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Mr. Vick, now quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, fell from grace in 2007 when his participation in an illegal dog-fighting ring was revealed. He was released from the Atlanta Falcons, served nearly two years in prison and later declared bankruptcy. He returned to the NFL in 2009 as a member of the Eagles.