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07/14/2013 09:35 am ET Updated Jul 14, 2013

NAACP Wants DOJ To Prosecute George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all criminal charges on Saturday, but, if the NAACP gets its way, he won't be out of legal trouble yet.

ABC News reports that the NAACP wants the Department of Justice to prosecute Zimmerman on civil rights charges.

"We are outraged and heartbroken over today's verdict," NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. "We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed."

BuzzFeed reports that a petition urging the DOJ to take action had already garnered 115,000 signatures three hours after it was posted last night. As of this writing, the NAACP's site is down.

"The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began,” the petition said. “The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin,” the appeal goes on.

“We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”

The verdict also set off a wave of protests. The Associated Press reports that protesters rallied in "largely peaceful demonstrations" across the state of California, though, in Oakland, police said some rally-goers broke windows and started street fires.

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