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Teachers unions urge federal action against George Zimmerman

People hold placards and shout slogans during a rally at Leinert Park Los Angeles in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acqu
People hold placards and shout slogans during a rally at Leinert Park Los Angeles in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, on July 15, 2013 in California, where local civil rights activists and other leaders urged participants to remain peaceful as they express frustration with the trial's outcome. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The National Education Association and the Federation of Teachers, which together represent some 4.5 million teachers and others, both are urging the Department of Justice to investigate George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a jury of second-degree murder in the Florida killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The presidents of both organizations urged their members to sign petitions to the Justice Department, saying that Zimmerman must face the consequences of his actions. The NEA is supporting an NAACP call for federal civil rights charges to be filed against Zimmerman.

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