By Alexander Bolton - 07/14/13 03:15 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Sunday urged the Justice Department to review federal charges against George Zimmerman who was acquitted in Sanford, Fla., of murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
“I think the Justice Department is going to take a look at this. This isn’t over with and I think that’s good. That’s our system, it’s gotten better, not worse,” Reid said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
A jury of six-women found that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot 17-year-old Martin in February of 2012. Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse to protest the verdict Saturday night.
Reid said he accepted the not-guilty verdict on murder and manslaughter charges.
“I am a trial lawyer and have [brought] over 100 cases to a juries. I don’t always agree with what the jury does that that’s the system and I support the system,” Reid said.
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton has pressed the Justice Department to prosecute Zimmerman.
“The trial happened, the verdict came in, that does not exhaust the legal options of his family and the bigger community issue of civil rights,” he said on “Meet the Press”.
He and Martin’s have met with U.S. attorneys to press for action on civil rights charges, according to Sharpton.