DOJ Sets Up Public Email Address to Take in Tips as It ‘Aggressively’ Pursues Zimmerman Civil Rights Investigation
Zimmerman, right, talks to court security investigator Robert Hemmert
during a recess after a jury question in the 25th day of his trial at
the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Saturday,
July 13, 2013. Credit: AP
The U.S Department of Justice is asking
civil rights groups and community leaders to “actively refer anyone who
[has] any information” that might help bring federal criminal charges against George Zimmerman, who was recently acquitted by a jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The DOJ has reportedly set up a public email address
to take in tips on its civil rights investigation. The department is
hoping to get tips from across the nation as well as locally in Sanford,
That email address, which is now “in operation,” is Sanford.firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is unclear why, if officials saw
enough reason to open an investigation in the first place, the DOJ now
needs tips to help with its probe into Zimmerman.
Barbara Arnwine, president and
executive director the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,
said the DOJ during a conference called on individuals and groups “to
actively refer anyone who had any information” that might build a case
against Zimmerman for a civil rights violation or a hate crime, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“They said they would very aggressively investigate this case,” she added.