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Assemblymember Chris Holden Statement on George Zimmerman Verdict

"When I heard the verdict on Saturday, I was disappointed and saddened. Another young black child is dead and nobody is being held accountable. It is a true nightmare scenario for every black parent in America, and a sad commentary on racial injustice in this country.

As the father of four young black men, this verdict is very troubling. While I sit here in downtown Los Angeles waiting to be called for jury duty, I have had time to think, "What do we do now?" I understand the jury was obligated to evaluate only the evidence presented to them, and duty bound to apply Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law. The question I keep asking myself, didn't Trayvon Martin have a right to also stand his ground? What were Trayvon Martin's rights?

Although Florida law may not provide justice for Trayvon, I urge the federal Department of Justice to investigate whether to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. As a lawmaker, I must abide by the rule of the law and accept the verdict. Many states, including California, do not have laws like Florida's, and it is my sincere hope that the tragic death of Trayvon Martin compels legislators in Florida to change the law.

Until then, I plan to introduce a joint resolution to boycott Florida, and to encourage all organizations, businesses, and families who would normally do business with or travel to Florida, to consider patronizing other states.

The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy that will reverberate across the country. My heart is heavy, but I continue to believe that a peaceful, lawful solution is the only answer."



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