Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver introduced the resolution to honor Trayvon Martin.
A handful of Congressional Black Caucus members, still reeling from the death of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February, unveiled a resolution today to honor the slain teen’s life.
The resolution introduced by CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) also calls for a repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the controversial measure that allows armed civilians to use deadly force when they feel endangered. The law has been questioned since the shooting, and the CBC resolution seeks to condemn its advocates and calls on state legislatures across the country to reject similar proposals.
“To honor Trayvon’s life and protect others, it is imperative that we shine a light on this controversial, dangerous and sometimes deadly law that has been adopted in over 20 states to protect our communities and the integrity of our nation’s legal system,” Cleaver said in a statement.
Florida Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson, all CBC members, co-sponsored the resolution that also states that George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Martin, held “unfounded assumptions and racial bias” that “led to the use of deadly force.” Wilson, a freshman lawmaker, told the Miami Herald in an interview this week that Zimmerman “murdered Trayvon.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.