REUTERS/Jacob Langston/PoolThe NAACP said late Saturday that it was "outraged and heartbroken" over the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, vowing to pursue "civil rights charges" with the Department of Justice.
"We are outraged and heartbroken over today?s verdict," said Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. "We stand with Trayvon?s family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed."
Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The jury determined that he was not guilty of both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The NAACP also promoted a petition?urging Attorney General Eric Holder to act and open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. A spokesman told Business Insider that in the three hours since the verdict had been read, it has garnered almost 100,000 signatures.
The petition, in part, reads:
"Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights ? the right to life ? was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today."?
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said in a press conference after the verdict was read that he doesn't expect Zimmerman's days in court to be over.
"We'll see how many civil lawsuits will spawn from this fiasco," O'Mara said.