Source: Evan McMurry / Mediaite
Al Sharpton told Meet the Press host David Gregory Sunday morning about his plans to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, following the latter’s acquittal Saturday night for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
“Clearly there are grounds for a civil rights charges,” Sharpton told Gregory.
Sharpton, a key figure in metastasizing the shooting into a national issue in March of 2012, said he and Martin’s family had planned from the beginning to ask for a federal investigation if Zimmerman was let go.
“The mother and father of Trayvon Martin and I with their lawyers met with the U.S. attorneys in Florida, the day I went down to organize the first rally there,” Sharpton said. “We always said there needed to be a Plan B, but there needed to be a Plan A.”
“I watched the whole trial, and no one can say what Trayvon Martin did wrong,” Sharpton argued. “‘They always get away with it,’ the gentleman said. Who is they getting away with what? That’s the basis of a civil rights trial.”
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