US National Bar Association call for investigation, civil rights charges.
from the National Bar Association
WASHINGTON DC, July 14, 2013 — We are extremely disappointed by the verdict in the case of State of Florida v George Zimmerman. As lawyers we respect the rule of law, but in this instance the Zimmerman verdict sadly highlights the continued injustices Black Americans face in the US legal system.
"The verdict," stated NBA President John E Page "says an unarmed college-bound Black teen can be profiled, stalked, confronted and killed by an armed neighborhood watchman with hollow tip point bullets. We express our heartfelt condolences to Trayvon Martin's family on this tragic verdict. We also say 'Enough is enough! It is not okay to kill our youth'."
The fact is the jury delivered a not guilty verdict. The truth is justice has not been served. In these most challenging of times, we are called upon to act. We must move from outrage to action. It starts today with the NBA and you!
"Injustice anywhere," as Dr Martin Luther King, Jr said "is a threat to justice everywhere." We have work to do to achieve justice for Trayvon Martin. As social agitators, the members of the NBA are continuing the struggle for "equal justice under the law" for Trayvon Martin. At the forefront of this struggle are NBA members Daryl Parks (Past NBA President) and Ben Crump, of the Tallahassee, Florida law firm Parks & Crump, LLC, that are representing Trayvon's family in advocating for "equal justice under the law." We proudly stand with them.
We urge the Department of Justice to act. Upon a thorough investigation of the matter, we expect the Department to vigorously pursue all appropriate claims.
John E Page is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Golden State Foods, Corporation. John served on the New Jersey Commission on the Discrimination in State Government Contracting, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Task Force on Use of Deadly Force, two terms as President of the Garden State Bar Association and as a Board Member of New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association.© Copyright 2013 National Bar Association, All rights Reserved. Written For: StraightGoods.ca