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|The National Bar Issues an Open Letter to Eric Holder to Evaluate 'Stand Your Ground' Laws After Death of Trayvon Martin|
WASHINGTON, DC (March 22, 2012) — The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American attorneys and judges, has issued an urgent call for a review of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law following the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.
On February 26, Martin was gunned down after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed him after he claimed that the unarmed Martin came after him and he fired in self defense.
NBA President-Elect John E. Page stated, “The lack of any apparent justification under all disclosed information and circumstances should have led to the arrest of Mr. Zimmerman. All available evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, simply does not support the outcome here. Therefore, we join the call for the immediate arrest of Mr. Zimmerman to avoid additional harm to the public. The absence of an immediate arrest and interrogation of the known suspect to better develop the facts has left the public and parents of all children around the country outraged.”
Read the full letter here: http://www.nationalbar.org/sites/default/files/TrayvonMartin_0.pdf