A look at federal role in civil rights cases

August 19, 2013 • National News

FILE – In this July 8, 2010, file photo a pedestrian passes a mural of Oscar Grant in Oakland, Calif., shortly before a jury delivered an involuntary manslaughter verdict in the trial of a former transit police officer, Johannes Mehserle, who shot and killed subway passenger Grant as he lay unarmed and face down on a station platform on New Year’s Day 2009. Outrage over the incident led to riots in Oakland. The Justice Department investigated the case under great public pressure, but hasn’t prosecuted. Prosecutors may not believe there is enough evidence that an attack was motivated by bias or that police officers willfully violated someone’s civil rights. These investigations can take months, even years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced “not guilty” in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up.

The U.S. government must get “justice for Trayvon,” insisted protesters angry about the fatal Login to read more

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