Sunday, July 14, 2013

NBCSL Statement on the Sanford Jury Verdict in the Case of the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman

After weeks of trial and hours of deliberation, a jury in Sanford, Florida found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin. NBCSL President, Joe Armstrong (TN), releases the following statement:

“We are deeply disappointed by the Sanford jury verdict. I, along with the entire National Black Caucus of State Legislators, continue to pray for and with the Trayvon Martin family.

Since our organization’s founding, we have been dedicated to eradicating racial injustice and to protecting the rights of all Americans, including the most basic right to life. For this reason, NBCSL passed resolution, Opposing Stand Your Ground/Shoot First Laws (LJE-13-06) in 2012, calling for the repeal and/or rejection of these laws--laws which incentivize citizens to take lives while handcuffing the justice system. NBCSL members, including those in Florida, stand ready to work with stakeholders to eliminate these laws from the books and ensure the safety of all Americans.

Racial injustice should not be tolerated, and despite yesterday’s decision, justice can still be served. The fact remains that the senseless death of an American teen is unaccounted for; we must all do our part to prevent future occurrences.”

To view NBCSL’s Policy Resolution, Law, Justice, Ethics: Resolution LJE-13-06 (Opposing Stand Your Ground/Shoot First Laws), click here.
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