Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) signed a MomsRising petition calling for action from the U.S. Department of Justice following the verdict reached finding George Zimmerman not guilty of killing teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
"I believe that as a society we are better than this. To allow the death of Trayvon Martin to go without the most robust review of any violations of the law would only add to the tragedy," said Pallone. "I was heartened to hear Attorney General Holder question the laws that allow this type of violence to occur without repercussions and believe we can do more to ensure this never happens again."
In the immediate aftermath of the verdict, Pallone called for Congress to take action on gun violence and also spoke about the need for a national conversation on race and civility.
Full text of the petition follows:
Attorney General Eric Holder,
The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida's prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.
The most fundamental of civil rights --the right to life-- was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.
Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.