Lisa Bloom: Unsurprising injustice for Trayvon Martin — George Zimmerman won’t face civil rights charges

Opinion, NakedLaw, News

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the investigation determined that there was not enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman for a federal hate crime. The investigation is now closed.

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy,” Holder said in the announcement. “It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country.”

Avvo legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered the Zimmerman trial extensively, both on the NakedLaw blog and in her book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It. Lisa has argued that the prosecution failed to advocate for Martin due to implicit racial biases, and has covered the tragically similar shootings of Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis and other unarmed black victims.

Read on for Lisa’s reaction to yesterday’s announcement.

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