Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DOJ and FBI Will Investigate the Killing of Trayvon Martin

Initially, the White House Press Secretary gave a disappointing, non-committal statement about the Trayvon Martin case.

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Fortunately, the Obama Administration decided to actually do something about the situation. The Miami Herald reports that the US Department of Justice issued the following statement regarding the killing of Trayvon Martin:
"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law.

“Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”
This action carries more weight than any speech. This is great news. However, we should not let this news placate us and make us complacent. We must remain focused and vigilant until Trayvon Martin and his family get justice. Keep protesting, keep petitioning, keep blogging!

This article is cross-posted on Jack and Jill Politics.

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