Durham -- The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP issued the following position statement on the George Zimmerman verdict:
POSITION ON GEORGE ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL
- We are outraged and heartbroken over the verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman
- We stand with Trayvon's family as they continue to grieve, and we are called to act.
- We call immediately for for a Department of Justice investigation into the civil rights violations against Trayvon Martin.
- We will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state.
- We will continue to the fight outlaw racial profiling, whether it comes at the hands of law enforcement professionals or armed citizens.
- This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.
BACKGROUND ON NAACP INVOLVEMENT
- This has always been about the rule of law. The NAACP's overriding concern in this case has been securing the arrest of George Zimmerman and a thorough investigation and trial.
- Trayvon was the victim of two practices that disproportionately affect black men and boys. First, he was profiled as suspicious and singled out by Zimmerman as a potential threat. Second the circumstances of his untimely death were neglected by the police after he died.
- A trial and conviction were not always assured. George Zimmerman was only arrested and charged because of public support for Trayvon Martin and his grieving family.
Because of the attention around this case, not one state has passed a new "Stand Your Ground"-type law for the first time in 8 years, stymieing the gun lobby.