Dem senator: Federal charges for Zimmerman a 'tough' call for DOJ

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Sunday that the Justice Department had a tough choice in deciding whether to bring federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

A former prosecutor, Klobuchar said that the department would need to wait until their investigation collected all the evidence they could.

“I know that investigation’s going on. As a former prosecutor, I know you wait until you see all the evidence,” Klobuchar said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“They’re going to have to make that decision. It’ll be a tough one.”

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty on Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.

The Justice Department is already under some pressure from civil rights groups to bring a federal case against Zimmerman.

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On “This Week,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) called the verdict “devastating.”

“I just am very concerned about what message this sends to the community,” Bass added.

Appearing with the two Democrats, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he thought the verdict was “accurate.”

“There were plenty of reasonable doubts there,” Hatch said.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), meanwhile, said it was clear that Zimmerman should have deferred more to police, and that the fallout from the criminal case would be felt for some time.

“There are moral dimensions beyond the case that obviously we have to come to grips with,” Cole said.