Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif) released the following statement in reaction to the jury verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder trial:
"I am saddened and outraged by the verdict reached in the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old teenager who's only crime was walking home on a rainy night.
"In our sadness we must not forget the fight for justice doesn't end with this verdict and it is my sincere hope that the Martin family will explore civil penalties to help bring some closure to the senseless murder of their son.
"We cannot be silent when a young teenager is needlessly profiled, harassed and gunned down by individuals who choose to take law enforcement into their own hands.
"My heart aches for Trayvon's family, particularly his mother who has shown tremendous grace and determination in the quest to find justice for her slain son.
"We must honor her and Trayvon's memory by working tirelessly to end racial profiling and ensure that when crimes do occur, the application of the law is equitable, just and fair for every American."