Wearing hoodies, members of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus this afternoon called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to examine a Florida law that has become controversial in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin.
"We believe justice has not been served," said Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Baltimore Democrat who leads the Black Caucus. "We want people in the city, state and country to realize we have to be more culturally sensitive."
Lawmakers wore hoodies in a show of solidarity for Martin, the 17 year-old Florida boy who was slain by the captain of a neighborhood watch team. Martin was unarmed. "We are saying 'lets not prejudge,'" Pugh said.
The Black Caucus wants the DOJ to investigate Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, a measure that allows a shooter to use deadly force if he or she feels threatened.
Pugh also said she believes Maryland "is on the right track" in terms of addressing racial profiling. She added that when organized neighborhood watch teams in Baltimore, none of the volunteers were armed.
After the news conference several lawmakers shared the warnings they give their own children. Baltimore Del. Shawn Tarrant, father to a 15 year-old boy, tells his son that there will be officers who "are looking for you to do something wrong."
"I tell my kids that life is not fair, there are people who don't value their lives. They have to value their own lives," Tarrant said.
MD Black Caucus dons hoodies for Trayvon Martin
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