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George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, reveals a history of racism in Sanford, Florida,that has stubbornly refused to die. Weeks after the shooting, the Sanford police department is slow to release details ofthe shooting and, more surprisingly, has not arrested George Zimmerman, a man who has a history of violence.
We urge you to sign this petition to protect private citizens from gun violence and inept law enforcement. Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi must step in and provide justice for Trayvon Martin, his family, and the community.
Just minutes before Trayvon was killed, Zimmerman had called police stating that Trayvon looked “suspicious.” Trayvon was unarmed and walking back to his father’s home in Sanford, Florida when Zimmerman accosted him.
At the crime scene, Sanford police botched their questioning of Zimmerman, refused to take the full statements of witnesses, and pressured neighbors to side with the shooter’s claim of self-defense. As it turns out, Sanford’s police department has a history of failing to hold perpetrators accountable for violent acts against Black victims, and the police misconduct in Trayvon’s case exemplifies the department’s systemic mishandling of such investigations. And now, the State Attorney’s office has rubber-stamped the Sanford police’s non-investigation, claiming that there is not enough evidence to support even a manslaughter conviction.
Trayvon’s family and hundreds of thousands of people around the country are demanding justice. Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to take over the case, arrest Trayvon’s killer, and launch an independent investigation into the Sanford police department’s unwillingness to protect Trayvon’s civil rights.