Over 1 million people have signed online petitions calling for federal prosecution and civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Travyon Martin.
“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,” reads a petition by the NAACP. “We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.”
According to reports, the document, which is addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder, received over 100,000 signatures within hours of it’s launch and the influx of traffic caused the NAACP website to crash. The problem was quickly fixed, and just three days later the petition reached the one million mark.
“The support our petition has received shows the mindset of the American public, who are tired of a system of justice that allows for appalling verdicts like the one we saw on Saturday,” Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, said.
The number of petitioners is not available online, and results have been reported in statements from the NAACP. The one million number comes from a combination of the two petitions. A separate petition on the White House’s website has so far amassed 25,000 signatures, a quarter of the 100,000 signatures it would need to get a response.
Holder has indicated that he is watching. The Justice Department will “continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law,” he said in a speech in Washington Monday, examining what he called “the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”
A second White House website petition, addressed to the Obama administration, currently has 32,520 signatures.
“Petition Requesting Prosecution of George Zimmerman for depriving Trayvon Martin of his Constitutional Rights of Life and Liberty by the United States Department of Justice, Eric Holder, United States Attorney General in United States District Court as swiftly and expeditiously as is possible,” it reads.
This petitions requires 67,480 additional signatures to reach its goal of 100,000 by August 13.
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Celebrities React To the Zimmerman Verdict Via Twitter
1. Shaquille O’Neal
George Zimmerman not guilty can u believe that. Wow
2. Claudia Jordan
Have a nice LIFE George Zimmerman…. you lived… he died. Hope you feel good about that. #PrayersForTrayvonFamily
3. Ice Cube
The Trayvon Martin verdict doesn’t surprise me. Stanford, FL never wanted Zimmerman arrested. Now he’s free to kill another child.
4. Sybrina Fulton
Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!
5. Royce Reed
Florida does it again…first Casey Anthony now George Zimmerman! Wow!
This is the saddest news ever!!! #whatsjustice #pray4theMartinFamily
7. Dwayne Wade
8. Dwayne Wade #2
How do I explain this to my young boys????
9. Tichina Arnold
Congratulations Mr. Zimmerman 2Day u successfully got away w/ murdering 1 of those so called “u know whats” that “get away all the time”.
10. Russell Simmons
This is not “only” about race. This is about laws that allow racist acts to go unpunished. We must change laws that promote injustice
11. Nicki Minaj
May God console the Martins at this time; as well as every other family that’s gone through this type of injustice.
12. Nicki Minaj #2
13. Corey Holcomb
Zimmerman deserves what ever comes his way in these muuuufuckin streets cause it ain’t sweet as ya think out here in da field
14. TJ Holmes
George Zimmerman has been found not guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin. #Zimmermantrial
15. Aries Spears
Sum 1 should stalk Zimmerman and when he fights bk shoot’em n claim self defense!
16. Rick Ross
My condolences continue to go the Martin family.
There are black people in prison serving 10 to 20years for petty drug crimes…and zimmerman walks for killing a younge black man??? #ouch
18. David Otunga
The jury in Sanford Court may have found #zimmerman #NotGuilty, but that’s not the verdict reached in the court of public opinion. Justice?
19. Anika Noni Rose
Zimmerman found not guilty. I’m done here.
20. Actor Christian Keyes
If I tweeted what I hope happens to Zimmerman, they’d lock me up, and not the murderer… So I’ll be quiet
21. Big Boi
RT .@FauxJohnMadden: George Zimmerman no jail time. Plaxico Burress served 2 years for shooting himself. America!
23. ESPN Analyst Jemele Hill
Regardless of how you feel about guns, self defense, Zimmerman, race…a 17 year old child with a full life ahead of him was lost.
24. Tracy Martin
Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY
25. DJ Funk Flex
26. Ben Jelaous, NAACP President
We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict. We will pursue civil rights charges with the DOJ.
27. Jill Scott
Wildin is fruitless. Alternatives welcome, needed, encouraged, supported!!!!! Praise God.
29. Chris Paul
Wow, Prayers out to the Martin Family.
30. Baltimore Ravens’ Torrey Smith
What bothers me is that it was GZ fault..had he just listened to the cops Trayvon would still be alive..he should be responsible for that
31. Torrey Smith #2
32. Actor Corey Hardrict
My Body is hurting at this moment…Zimmerman is a free man because he had no hands!! #Devastated
33. Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming
Unbelievable. But OK. Zimmerman has ONE more Judge to get through…Good luck. #PearlyGatesClosed
34. John Legend
My heart hurts.
35. Chris Brown
36. Miley Cyrus
I feel sick #RIPTrayvonMartin.
37. Michael Strahan
In shock over this…. Wow! Just wow!
38. Chad Johnson
George Zimmerman is a free man but is he really FREE.
39. Actor Dule Hill
Prayers for the parents of Trayvon Martin. I cannot imagine their pain. Stay Encouraged #NoJustice
40. Sophia Nelson
Nite folks. God bless @SybrinaFulton & her family. We are so sorry for your loss. There is a higher justice. Zimmerman’s knee too will bow.
41. Eric Benet
42. Claudia Jordan #2
43. Charlamagne #2
44. http://wordpress.com/#!/my-stats/AJ Johnson
I am broken.
45. Rickey Smiley
Surely i’m not surprised. However I hope he get his gun back cause he gonna need it.
46. Kathy Griffin
Very sad & shocked re verdict. #TrayvonMartin RIP
47. Rapper Immortal Technique