Trayvon Martin’s parents said they only want the police to arrest George Zimmerman.
After attending a two-hour forum on racial profiling, hate crimes and “stand your ground” laws yesterday, Travyon Martin’s parents found themselves surrounded by reporters in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are the parents of the unarmed teen killed in Sanford, Florida, in February. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee led the press conference, but Sybrina and Tracy made statements thanking members of congress for their support.
Reporters were allowed to pepper the family with questions about new developments in their push for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot Trayvon.
When asked about the group, known as the New Black Panther Party, that has offered a bounty of $10,000 for George’s capture, the family insisted that they do not want anyone to arrest George Zimmerman except the police.
The family was also asked about a Twitter account and derogatory tweets that have been attributed to Trayvon by a conservative news site. Tracy pointed out that tweets were still being posted to that account after Trayvon’s death and said the account does not belong to Trayvon.
After the brief news conference, camera operators and reporters followed Trayvon’s parents and their lawyer through the halls as they walked to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s office.
The Miami Herald reported on Tuesday that the Sanford Police Department wanted to arrest George Zimmerman after investigating the shooting, but the arrest warrant was put on hold until the case could be reviewed.
This is contrary to what former Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee said about findings of the investigation. Bill said that police did not have enough evidence to arrest George Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense.
—Sabrina M. Parker
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