Department of Justice puts hold on George Zimmerman evidence, police say

Sanford police says DOJ puts hold on evidence over possible civil rights charges

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SANFORD, Fla. - The Department of Justice has put a hold on evidence in the George Zimmerman case, according to Sanford police.

Sanford Police Capt. James McAuliffe confirmed the hold Thursday. That includes the gun Zimmerman used to shoot Martin, which Zimmerman would otherwise be legally entitled to reclaim.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder on Saturday in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said during an NAACP convention in Orlando this week that the Justice Department has an open investigation into the case.

The Justice Department is trying to determine whether to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

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