Former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is not expected to be charged with civil rights violations by the Department of Justice for his 2012 shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Zimmerman has reportedly been living in fear of facing civil rights charges since the investigation began. GQ magazine reported Zimmerman’s father recently said he’s worried “if FBI agents come and kick in his door, he’s probably gonna shoot a few of them.”
The DOJ began the investigation into Zimmerman’s actions two years ago but, according to the Post, three law enforcement officials said that there isn’t sufficient evidence to prompt federal charges.
The three officials who spoke with the Post asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is reportedly still open, according to the newspaper. The Post reported that a spokeswoman for the DOJ said the investigation was still “active and ongoing.”
According to the Post, one of the lawyers representing Martin’s family said the teen’s parents had not yet received a final decision from the DOJ.