The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 today to ask for a federal investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin.
Hoa Quách of the Marina del Rey Patch reported that all members of the council voted to
“urge the U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorney General to ‘conduct a thorough and objective investigation of possible civil rights abuses and violations related to the slaying of Trayvon Martin.'”
The vague initiative seems to be purely political. If George Zimmerman has racist motivations, the prosecution surely would have seized upon it.
But there was no evidence of any such thing.
The former police chief of Los Angeles and current City Councilman Bernard Parks introduced the bizarre resolution that also seeks to review the possible impact of “how Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation may have contributed to Martin’s death.” It is completely ridiculous that a murder case that has already been tried would have any bearing on Los Angeles, particularly when there are plenty of unsolved murders in the city.
Does this witch hunt fall into the realm of the fifth amendment, which forbids “double jeopardy?”
The move was prompted by the “urging” of Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson.
Shayna Rose Arnold of LAMag reported today,
“Now that Los Angeles has voiced its support of a federal investigation, Hutchinson is hopeful that other cities—Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, for starters—follow suit, and says he is toying with the idea of lobbying for a similar resolution to be addressed by the state assembly. ‘Why not?’ he said.”
“The verdict in the Zimmerman case sparked protests in Los Angeles that at times grew violent, and community leaders organized groups of ‘peace monitors’ tasked with maintaining calm.”
Perhaps the Los Angeles City Council could find something better to do with their time and taxpayer money.
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