Congresswoman Barbara Lee issued the following statement regarding the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin:
"I join our nation as we continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon's family, friends, and loved ones remain in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
"I encourage all who share in our nation's outrage to continue to embrace the nonviolent dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trayvon's tragic murder ignited passion and indignation among our nation's young people as they peacefully marched, rallied, and engaged in social media movements. We must carry this peaceful momentum forward as we fight against inequality and unjust laws across the country.
"I also join the NAACP and the growing chorus across the country calling for the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges to further the cause of fairness and justice."