Civil rights group petitions Dept of Justice to investigate FAMU hazing death


CENTRAL FLORIDA,None - A civil rights organization for gays and lesbians is demanding the Department of Justice step in and do its own investigation into the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion.


Champion's parents revealed the 26-year-old was gay, and now, the National Black Justice Coalition is calling his death an anti-gay hate crime.


The attorney general has not said if the DOJ will do an investigation, but the coalition is petitioning for it on its website.


If it is deemed a hate crime, the penalties are stiffer for those found guilty.