The Chairs of the Black, Hispanic, Pacific Asian American and Progressive Caucuses Call On Florida Attorney General to Investigate the Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin
Washington, DC – Today, Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, joined his fellow Chairs of the Hispanic, Asian Pacific American, and Progressive Caucuses, urging Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, to immediately review the Sanford, Florida Police Department’s actions in the February 26, 2012 shooting death of 17-year old, Trayvon Martin, and the release of his alleged killer, George Zimmerman. Public statements made by the Sanford Police Department’s Chief of Police, as reported in various news outlets, raise serious questions about whether the Department’s investigation into the shooting was conducted with the integrity and impartiality expected from law enforcement agencies. Given the fact that nearly one month has passed and Zimmerman remains absolved of any responsibility for the shooting, the Chairs strongly urged the Attorney General to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted of the shooting as well as the actions of the Sanford Police Department, to ensure that fairness and justice are served. The letter can be read in its entirety below.