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Zimmerman To Get Gun Back, Lawyer Says

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  George Zimmerman, cleared of murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., will get his handgun back, his lawyer says.

Attorney Mark O’Mara told ABC News Sunday Zimmerman, 29, is entitled to the return of his Kel Tec 9 pistol and likely may have greater need for it now that he’s been acquitted in the 17-year-old’s death Saturday.

“There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara acknowledged the likely possibility of Martin’s family filing a civil suit against Zimmerman, but said Zimmerman might file one of his own.

The U.S. Justice Department said it is reconsidering the filing of hate-crime charges against Zimmerman.

“Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction,” the department said in a statement.

Groups, including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to press a federal civil-rights case against Zimmerman after a six-woman jury found the former neighborhood-watch captain not guilty of murder or manslaughter, accepting his claim he acted in self-defense.

The department has had an open investigation into Martin’s Feb. 26, 2012, death since shortly after the shooting, put on hold while the criminal trial was under way.

The NAACP launched a petition late Saturday asking the Justice Department file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. The petition received such a massive response that it crashed the NAACP website, The Washington Post reported.

Holder is expected to address the Zimmerman case Tuesday when he speaks to the NAACP in Orlando, 25 miles south of Sanford, an official told The Wall Street Journal.

The Saturday night verdict prompted street protests in cities across the country, including Sanford, New York, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.

Nearly all were peaceful, but one of several protests in Los Angeles Sunday evening turned violent, with demonstrators throwing rocks and D-cell batteries at police, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police fired bean bag rounds and arrested at least one person, police said.

An earlier demonstration in Oakland resulted in some vandalism, police said.

President Obama Sunday called Martin’s death a “tragedy” and urged the country to “stem the tide of gun violence.”

He also appealed for calm amid “strong passions” the case elicited.

“We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,” Obama said in a statement.

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  • William Grimes

    Why is it that blacks want to turn everything into a racial thing? If something doesn’t
    go their way its because of racism. It appears to me that the niggas are the biggest racists of all.

  • Brandon

    If you ask me, Eric Holder should be prosecuted many times over!!! Just goes to show the level of hipocracy in this criminal administration!

  • CatGman

    Martin was a thug. It was just a matter of time before he wound up in prison or dead.

  • Brandon

    This is only my opinion, black people have empowered the wrong champions to influence and speak for them. It boggles my mind how they can go from the inspiration of MLK to the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton :( I read today that the racist Jesse Jackson is going to help Paula Dean with a PC make over for a slur she used over 20 yrs ago and in my opinion has went overboard making apologies for! As if “Jesse Jackson holds the keys to the black community” and he alone can tell that community what is right and wrong for them!!! The race baiters are the only ones to profit and solidify positions of power over there respective groups by perpetuating divisiveness!

  • Jeff Feist

    Zimmerman was acquitted. Get over it.

    • Jeff Feist

      I heard a marine years ago who had suffered tremendous wounds in Vietnam. His response to it all? FIDO! Forget It and Drive On! An impressive response in light of his wounds: traumatic amputation of an arm, blinded in one eye and severely burned by a phosphorous grenade.

      His philosophy should apply to the wounds many have felt concerning this matter, whether real or imagined. FIDO!

  • james

    Oh well the law is the law whsts good for o j is good for George

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