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Thousands sign NAACP petition for DOJ investigation

Protestors want a civil rights investigation.
Protestors want a civil rights investigation.
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Updated: 7/15/2013 12:26 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- Almost 400,000 people have signed an NAACP petition asking for a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice following George Zimmerman's acquittal.

The NAACP launched the petition shortly after the not guilty verdict was handed down Saturday night.

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Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have gone on the website to sign the petition. At one point, the site even crashed because so many people were trying to access it.

The petition calls for the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into Trayvon Martin's death. The petition also asks the D.O.J. to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

"We believe there is enough here for civil rights charges to be brought. It does appear that race was a factor," NAACP president, Benjamin Jealous said.

By noon Sunday, more than 350,000 people had signed the petition.

Coincidentally, the NAACP is holding its annual national convention at the Orange County Convention Center through July 17.

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