National AP News | WCTV Eyewitness News: Tallahassee, Thomasville, Valdosta

A Look At Federal Role In Civil Rights Cases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Protesters attending the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will renew calls for the U.S. government to get "justice for Trayvon."

Attorney General Eric Holder began a federal investigation after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. The teenager's parents will take part in a march next week.

The federal government claimed its power of protecting civil rights as far back as the Reconstruction era, until its prosecutions were curtailed by court decisions and Jim Crow laws. The 1960s civil rights movement helped rebuild that authority and expand it.

Now, pursuing civil rights prosecutions is expected of the Justice Department.

However, in many cases that inflame racial passions, federal prosecutors don't find evidence needed to support civil rights charges.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WCTV 1801 Halstead Blvd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 220109741