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The Criminal Section prosecutes cases involving the violent interference with liberties and rights defined in the Constitution or federal law. The rights of both citizens and non-citizens are protected. In general, it is the use of force, threats, or intimidation that characterize a federal criminal violation of an individual's civil rights.

Our cases often involve incidents that are invariably of intense public interest. While some violations may most appropriately be pursued by the federal Government, others can be addressed by either the federal Government or by state or local prosecutors. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that acts constituting federal criminal civil rights violations are sufficiently remedied, whether prosecuted federally or by local authorities.

If you wish to provide information or comment concerning the federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin or related to the Sanford (Florida) Police Department, you can send a message to: Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov.

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Criminal Section News
Friday, March 27, 2015
A federal grand jury indicted a city of Madison, Alabama, police officer for using unreasonable force against a man he was attempting to question in February 2015.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Defendant Used Violent Assaults and Physical Restraints to Compel Young Women to Engage in Prostitution for the Defendant's Profit
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Darren Douglass-Griffin, Kerry Bolden, Emmett McKenzie and Kadarius Thomas were sentenced for federal offenses related to the beating of MSP inmates in 2010 and the cover-up that followed.

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The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

Cold Case Initiative
In 2006, the FBI began its “Cold Case Initiative” — a comprehensive effort to identify and investigate racially-motivated murders committed decades ago. Pursuant to that Initiative and the passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act (“Emmett Till Act”), signed into law on October 8, 2008, the Department and the FBI are working together to address “violations of criminal civil rights statutes . .”


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Leadership
Robert Moossy
Chief
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(202) 514-3204
FAX - (202) 514-8336
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