Supporters of a civil-rights prosecution of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin have started an online petition on the White House’s website.
The petition asks the Obama administration to prosecute Mr. Zimmerman “for depriving Trayvon Martin of his Constitutional rights of life and liberty.” It was started Saturday night, when a Florida jury found Mr. Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder.
By late Monday afternoon, the petition had more than 17,000 signatures. It would need 100,000 signatures by Aug. 13 for the White House to respond publicly.
Another petition on the “We the People” website calls for “no double jeopardy for George Zimmerman.”
More than 475 people had signed that petition Monday afternoon.
The Justice Department said it is conducting a review to determine whether Trayvon’s civil rights were violated in the February 2012 shooting. Mr. Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense, a claim accepted by the trial court.