WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is set to announce it will not file civil rights charges against neighborhood-watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Justice Department sources have told multiple news organizations there is not sufficient evidence that Zimmerman intentionally violated Martin's rights. Martin's family will be notified before an official announcement is made.
Zimmerman shot Martin, 17, as he was walking home from a convenience store on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he stopped and shot the teen because he looked suspicious, as Martin was wearing a dark hoodie, which made him fear for his safety. Zimmerman was acquitted on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in 2013.
The shooting sparked a national debate on race relations and gun rights. Civil rights leaders took to the streets in the small Central Florida town, located about 30 minutes north of Orlando, contending Zimmerman targeted the teen because of his race. Other rallies in solidarity with the Martin family took place in large cities throughout the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Justice Department and the FBI opened the investigation nearly two years ago to determine "whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation" of federal law.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the end of the Zimmerman investigation would be accompanied with as much information as possible to detail the Justice Department's findings. It was unclear when the information will be released.