Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) called for an extensive investigation into the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot in Sanford (Florida) on February 26, 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Congressman Green took part in a rally held in Sanford where residents protested the wrongful shooting of the teenager and the response of the local authorities.
The day of the fatal incident, Mr. Martin, a 17 year-old young man with aspirations of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic, was shot and killed by Mr. George Zimmerman (28) as he walked to his father's home after purchasing candy at a convenience store nearby. To date, Zimmerman has not been charged and claims that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him.
This shooting has been the subject of much public scrutiny and has resulted in a national outcry by many seeking to ensure that justice is upheld. Congressman Green emphasized it is imperative that a thorough investigation is conducted. On Monday March 19, 2012, the Department of Justice announced that its Civil Rights Division, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will conduct an independent investigation parallel to that of the local authorities in Florida.
"My hope is that the investigation by the Department of Justice, along with the work of the grand jury that has been convened, will bring justice to Trayvon's family. I support that the Department of Justice investigates the February 26th shooting death of this young man and I pray that they respond appropriately," said Congressman Green.
Congressman Green added that the investigation is not only for the sake of Trayvon's family and the Sanford community, but also for the entire nation, which has responded overwhelmingly through civil protests, marches, and rallies asking that justice be served. "A very young life has been lost. Authorities must find out exactly what happened and correct the errors or injustices that may have taken place," concluded the Congressman.