Feds open Trayvon Martin investigation
FBI, Dept. of Justice looking into case
Published On: Mar 19 2012 10:32:01 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2012 06:24:27 AM EDT
The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday night it has opened an investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
In a statement, the DOJ said along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the FBI, they are looking into “the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” the statement continued. “The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws. The Community Relations Service will be in Sanford, Fla., this week to meet with civil rights leaders, community leaders, and local law enforcement to address tension in the community.”
Some videos on the Trayvon Martin Case.
From Rev. Al:
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking back to his father’s girlfriend’s home in Orlando, Florida. The man accused of shooting Williams has not been charged. NBC’s Lilia Luciano and Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post discuss the latest in the case.
Rev. Al speaks with the father of Trayvon Martin:
The nation's attention is riveted as 911 tapes are released of Trayvon Martin’s death. The 17-year-old African-American was allegedly shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. MSNBC's Al Sharpton joins Ed Schultz to talk about why the shooter hasn't been arrested.
Ed Schultz discusses the ridiculous law that might allow Trayvon Martin's murderer to not even be charged.
Lawrence O'Donnell, part 2:
This is a very powerful piece from Black Snob:
No Apologizes: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being "Good"