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
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.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Three Puerto Rico police officers pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges in connection with the fatal beating of 19-year-old Jose Luis Irizarry Perez.
Monday, August 11, 2014
A federal jury returned a verdict convicting Shahid Hassan Muslim of two counts of sex trafficking, one count of kidnapping, one count of production of child pornography, one count of witness tampering and five counts of promoting a prostitution business enterprise.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
A federal grand jury in Milwaukee returned a 15-count superseding indictment charging two Milwaukee men with conspiracy, sex trafficking and related offenses spanning from the years 2007 to 2013.