Trayvon Martin's Mother Speaks at Racial Profiling/Stand Your Ground Gun Law Forum
Weston Phippen Racial Profiling forum panel
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke at a Phoenix forum about racial profiling Saturday, saying she has found purpose in her son's death, and new meaning in a Florida jury's decision to acquit the man who killed him.
"If [George Zimmerman] would have been convicted, then that would have been an end to the story," Fulton said. "And I would not be sitting here."
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Fulton spoke to a crowd of around 100 people at Memorial Hall in Steele Indian School Park. It was part of a forum on racial profiling and a U.S. tour to decry the "Stand Your Ground" gun law that found her son's death justified.
"I never believed that the jury would not see that it was a murder," she says.
Fulton and the family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump, say they are using the loss to champion their latest effort to change Stand Your Ground laws in the U.S. with the "Trayvon Amendment," which, Crump says, would make it so that "if you confront someone, and if you instigate [a fight], you can't get away with murder."
Crump says the problem is not just that Zimmerman was found legally justified in killing Martin but, more important, the precedent it sets.
"Now every black and brown boy walking down the street has as target on their back, and this law says when you hit that target, it's okay."
Arizona and about 20 other states have Stand Your Ground laws -- or something similar to them -- which grants a person the right to use deadly force to defend themselves if they feel threatened, without requiring them to retreat. Fulton and Crump say they plan to travel to as many Stand Your Ground states as possible to catalyze discussion about the law.
Weston Phippen Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and attorney Benjamin Crump