NCLR Asks To Meet With Attorney General Holder Over Zimmerman Verdict

Latino civil rights group National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has joined the NAACP, National Action Network, National Urban League and other advocacy organizations in asking to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss possible next steps by the federal government just two days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in the April 2012 shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin.

“While we respect the legal process and the jury’s decision, we are deeply disappointed and saddened by this verdict,” stated Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “However, we believe that it is still possible to achieve some measure of justice for Trayvon Martin and his family, so we are joining with our brothers and sisters in the Black community in calling on the Department of Justice to weigh in more forcefully on the matter,” Murguia added. “We also believe it is critical to see this case as a teachable moment; we must continue to educate our fellow Americans on what racial profiling really is and the toll it takes on all communities of color in this country.”

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