In an unusual move, the Justice Department announced Wednesday that it is collecting feedback from Americans for its investigation into whether to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Justice officials said the move comes "because of interest in this matter." People can e-mail Sanford.Florida@usdoj.gov if they have thoughts on how the department should proceed.

It's not clear how much bearing the feedback will have on the decision, which Justice officials have said will be made by "experienced federal prosecutors."

Reaction to the George Zimmerman trial verdict

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At right, wearing a yellow cap, The Rev. Lee Johnson, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church of Tallahassee, leads a group of protestors in prayer Tuesday July 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)