Feds open Trayvon Martin investigation

FBI, Dept. of Justice looking into case

Published On: Mar 19 2012 10:30:01 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2012 11:21:17 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday night it has opened an investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

In a statement, the DOJ said along with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida and the FBI, they are looking into "the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin."

"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation," the statement continued. "The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws. The Community Relations Service will be in Sanford, Fla., this week to meet with civil rights leaders, community leaders, and local law enforcement to address tension in the community.”

Also Monday, Gov. Rick Scott requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement assist the State Attorney's office in its investigation after the case "caused significant concern within the Sanford community and the state."