ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are calling for cultural sensitivity and an end to racial profiling following the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Florida.
Members of the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus gathered outside the statehouse Monday to decry the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking in a gated community last month.
Dressed in “hoodies,” the type of sweatshirt the teen was wearing at the time of his death, lawmakers called for efforts to
improve cultural competency and a review of self-defense laws.
The caucus is drafting a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice asking that the agency review “stand your ground” laws in 21 states that give latitude for people to use deadly force instead of retreat during a fight.
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