Trayvon Martin Case Subject of Impassioned Speech on House Floor

Kim LaCapria - Author

Jun. 22 2013, Updated 7:34 p.m. ET

The murder of Trayvon Martin has attracted significant attention in the press, and that campaign helped vault the massive injustice all the way to the floor of the House of Representatives today.

The outrage over the innocent teen’s slaying is probably cold comfort for his parents, but Martin’s death most certainly has not gone unnoticed. Facebook, Twitter and Google Trends are all abuzz with interest in the case, as America continues to sit by, shocked and horrified, that a teen can be shot to death while the shooter narrates his every felonious movement on a 911 transcript (perhaps even calling the kid a “coon”) and his killing remains unacknowledged by local police. (Update: Sanford Police Department Police Chief Bill Lee stepped down today due to the Trayvon Martin case.)

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But while Zimmerman remains free, protests from Florida up to New York’s Million Hoodie March have been occurring, demanding justice in the Trayvon Martin case. And the controversy has even reached the floor of the House of Representatives, with Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) speaking daily on the floor, advocating for Martin and his family and the arrest of George Zimmerman.

In today’s statements, Wilson said:

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“Yesterday I promised that every day I would come to the floor and announce to America just how long justice for Trayvon Martin has been delayed… Trayvon Martin was murdered 26 days ago and still there has been no arrest.”

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Yesterday, Wilson drew comparisons to a similar case involving the beating death of a teen in 2006, and said she is “tired of burying young black boys.” Below, a clip of Wilson’s statements on Trayvon Martin- do you think pressure will lead to an arrest in the case?


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