Expand the Trayvon Martin investigation
The Department of Justice has announced that its Civil Rights Division, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will investigate Trayvon Martin's death. This is a positive step.
However, the Sanford Police Department has a history of failing to successfully prosecute crimes when the victim is African-American and the alleged assailant is not. Sign the petition to the Department of Justice telling them to launch an investigation of the Sanford Police Department:
The Sanford Police Department has a history of failing to successfully prosecute crimes when the victim is African-American and the alleged assailant is not.
In 2005, a Black teenager was killed by two white security guards, one the son of a Sanford Police officer. The pair was arrested and charged, but a judge later cited lack of evidence and dismissed both cases.
In 2010, the white son of a Sanford police lieutenant was let go by police after assaulting a homeless Black man outside a downtown bar.
Last month, Trayvon Martin was shot dead, and he man who shot him was not arrested.
In addition to the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death, please simultaneously open an independent investigation into the Sanford Police Department's pattern of failing to prosecute violent crimes against African-Americans.
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