(WASHINGTON) – Following the jury’s verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:
“In the wake of this weekend’s verdict, I strongly support the Department of Justice’s determination to conduct an independent and thorough review of the Trayvon Martin case and consider whether federal charges should be brought.”
“Beyond the Department’s investigation, I believe it is more critical than ever that we adopt a nationwide law concerning racial profiling. That is why I will be reintroducing theEnd Racial Profiling Act of 2013 to address the improper use of race in our law enforcement activity.
“I believe the Trayvon Martin shooting and its aftermath should stand as a clarion call for states to repeal so-called ‘stand your ground’ laws. I first conducted a Democratic forum on this case in March 2012 with Trayvon Martin’s parents, and believe more strongly than ever that the laws are short-sighted, dangerous and disproportionately impact people of color.”
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