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Posted April 4, 2012
Interview with Jin Hee Lee, assistant counsel with the Criminal Justice Practice Group, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, conducted by Scott Harris
The tragic Feb. 26 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Fla., has focused the nation’s attention on the issue of racial profiling and its sometimes fatal consequences. The fact that the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, has not been arrested, despite having a record of being previously arrested for assaulting a police officer in 2005 and a history of domestic violence, adds to the feeling of many in Florida and around the country, that race played a role in how the police handled the case.
Although the facts surrounding the shooting are in dispute, what has angered communities of color in Sanford and across the U.S, is that the police department failed to pursue even a rudimentary investigation, or collect evidence in the case until their inaction provoked outrage and protests from coast to coast. As the national spotlight descended on Sanford, the town’s Police Chief Bill Lee, who has since resigned temporarily, told the press that under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, police could not arrest Zimmerman without evidence to contradict his story that he shot Trayvon in self defense.
But authorities are at a loss to explain why on an initial police incident report filed by officers at the scene of the shooting, the case was described as "homicide-negligent manslaughter-unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act." With protests drawing increasing attention to police inaction in Martin’s death, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor in the case, while attorneys representing the dead teenager’s parents have called for the U.S. Justice Department to get involved. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Jin Hee Lee, assistant counsel with the Criminal Justice Practice Group at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She discusses the wider issues of racial profiling seen in the Martin case and examines the consequences of “Stand Your Ground,” and other lax gun laws.
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