Trayvon Martin Shooting: DOJ Reportedly Won't File Charges Against George Zimmerman
Zimmerman was previously acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the teenager's death
The Department of Justice is set to announce that it will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors concluded that there is simply not enough evidence to show that Zimmerman, a 31-year-old neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, “intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights,” sources told ABC News and CBS News.
Zimmerman previously faced second-degree murder charges in Martin’s death. He was found not guilty.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012 after a confrontation with Zimmerman. The American public has long been divided on whether the neighborhood watchman acted in self-defense or chased and gunned down the teenager.
Earlier this year, Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon after he threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend.
It was Zimmerman’s third incident involving a weapon since his trial in 2013.