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Cummings: Trayvon Martin was 'definitely profiled' by Zimmerman

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The Maryland lawmaker said he understood why a Florida jury may have voted to acquit Zimmerman on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges over the weekend, while still decrying Martin's death as unjust and racially motivated.

"While I understand as a lawyer the reasonable doubt standard is a very high standard … Trayvon was not given the benefit of any doubt whatsoever from the very beginning," Cummings said. "So, you know, he was definitely profiled."

Many Democratic lawmakers and the NAACP have called for the Justice Department to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman in the aftermath of his acquittal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said the case "isn't over with," and a spokesman for the Justice Department said they are continuing to review the case.

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to address the review during a speech at an NAACP convention in Florida on Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that President Obama would not get involved in the decision to review civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

"Cases are brought on the merits," Carney said. "The merits are evaluated by the professionals at the Department of Justice."

"That's not something the president involves himself in," he continued, adding that it would be "inappropriate" for the president to weigh in on a DOJ review.