MSNBC’s Al Sharpton urged Justice Department officials to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime, which he described as “Plan B” for prosecuting Trayvon Martin’s killer.

“It goes to the Justice Department,” Sharpton said on "Meet the Press" this morning. “Clearly there are grounds for civil rights charges here. The mother and father of Trayvon Martin and I, with their lawyers, met with the U.S. attorney in Florida the day I went down there to organize the first national rally there.”

Sharpton indicated he doesn’t believe the trial that ended with Zimmerman’s acquittal was unfair — “there could have been some things done differently at trial,” he said when NBC’s David Gregory asked if it was fair — but emphasized that he’ll work to have Zimmerman prosecuted again under federal law.

“Race was not in this trial, which means that it can be tried by the feds to see if bias was involved,” he explained. “They clearly stated, ‘We’re not talking about race in this trial.’ Well, the civil rights case of the federal government would be around whether race was involved.”