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“Mother of Trayvon Martin speaks out against ‘stop-and-frisk’


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By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News

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The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin spoke out against New York City’sstop-and-frisk” practice Sunday after a federal judge called the tactic unconstitutional and unfair to African-Americans and Hispanics who are disproportionately targeted for scrutiny by law enforcement officers.

“You can’t give people the authority — whether it’s civilians or police officers — the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” said Sybrina Fulton, whose son Trayvon was killed in a February 2012 altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

In July, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Zimmerman has said that he acted in self-defense after Martin assaulted him.

Benjamin Crump, Fulton’s attorney, argued Sunday that Martin’s death was the result of racial profiling similar to the system used for the “stop-and-frisk” practice.

“We know that Trayvon Martin was profiled for something that night, on February 26, 2012, and he had broken no law,” Crump said, adding that any form of profiling is a “slippery slope” that can endanger innocent minorities.

Zimmerman’s legal team has argued that Zimmerman did not target Martin based on race and that the neighborhood watch volunteer was made into a “scapegoat” as the case became the basis of national debate about race relations.

“I think that things would have been different if George Zimmerman was black for this reason,” attorney Mark O’Mara said after the verdict. “He never would have been charged with a crime.”

A spokesman for Zimmerman’s legal team was not immediately available for comment.

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