(CHICAGOTRIBUNE) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed today that the Justice Department was continuing to investigate the February 2012 shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, following a state jury’s acquittal of shooter George Zimmerman.

Holder said Martin’s death was tragic and unnecessary, and that the department would act “consistent with the facts and the law,” according to remarks he made at a convention of Delta Sigma Theta, a black sorority.

On Sunday, supporters and civil rights demonstrators turned out at rallies across the country to condemn racial profiling after the acquittal.
Zimmerman, cleared late on Saturday by a Florida jury of six women, still faces public outrage, a possible civil suit and demands for a federal investigation.

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