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Sunday 19 November 2017

Obama to keep out of Zimmerman case

Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York (AP)
Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York (AP)
Jediah Jones holds a sign in Atlanta during a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty (AP)
A police officer stands guard as demonstrators march on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles (AP)
Demonstrators protest in a car in Los Angeles after George Zimmerman was found not guilty (AP)
A huge march was held on Sunday night in Times Square, New York, to voice opposition to the verdict in the George Zimmerman case (AP)
Demonstrators mass in Times Square after a march against the acquittal of neighbourhood watch member George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman, right, is pictured after being cleared of the murder of Trayvon Martin (AP)
Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot dead in Florida in 2012 (AP)

The White House says President Barack Obama won't involve himself in decisions by the Justice Department on whether to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said it would be inappropriate for Obama to express an opinion on how the department deals with Mr Zimmerman after the neighborhood watch volunteer's acquittal in the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old last year.

The Justice Department has said it is considering whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.

Critics of Saturday's verdict have called for the Justice Department to step in.

Carney would not comment when asked how Obama viewed Florida's "stand-your-ground" law which was a key element of Zimmerman's defence.

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