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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (32)
  1. Dinger says:

    Too many people are trying this case in the media instead of in the courts (like the Duke “rape”case). How about holding the outrage until the investigation is complete and a grand jury examines the evidence before recommending an indictment?

    1. Chic says:

      The reality is that Mr. Zimmerman followed young Martin is his SUV, left his SUV against the advice of law enforcement officials, followed Martin on foot, and confronted him. Now, does a “stand you ground law” say that it’s okay to pursue someone in a vehicle, follow them on foot, confront them, shoot and kill them, and then claim self-defense????….If that should be the case, then vigilantism is now alive and well in America…….

      1. Renee says:

        I am in agreement with your statement.

    2. Renee says:

      How about “not.” Be for real.

    3. Truth Telling says:

      Right! Where has objectivity gone in this country. The media “Circus” is NOT a trial. Let’s hear or see all the facts and evidence first. Something wrong with that approach?

    4. TJ says:

      many teens of all races where the trendy hoodies. of course once again the naacp has reared its ugly head screaming racism. i was a cival rights activist in the sixties in maryland and have watched them slowly enforce reversed racism. instead of enforcing community issues that are positive such as education, good parenting,getting the drugs off maryland streets. those are the reasons baltimore city looks like a third world country. someone does not want to stop the drug trade there. i cannot reveal my sources but the drug trade could be hindered. somehow i can’t get through the shouts from the naacp screaming racism. does anyone else in balto. smell a rat.

  2. Nowhere to hid..nowhere to run says:

    But – where is the “Maryland Black Legislative Caucus” when an African-American rapes, kills or robs a fellow African-American? Why don’t they speak out against these crimes? Where were they when the five men were arrested within the last week regarding the shooting up of a Crown Victoria vehicle? Where are they in PG County when four teens steal a vehicle on a school night, are out at 1:00 a.m. and unfortunately crash the vehicle into a tree and two of them die? It’s clear the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc., all want to be out in the forefront when it’s white vs black, but they are nowhere to be found in any other crime where a life is taken. Prove me wrong.

    1. Truth Telling says:

      Right! Where is the Black Caucus, Jackson, et. al. when it comes to homicide which is the Number ONE cause of death of young black males (one against the other?)

    2. Dave says:

      I agree. In Chicago, they have had 17 murders, including a 6 year old girl, in the last two weeks but this is all black on black drug gang stuff so no one pays any attention to it.

  3. Card says:

    I guess the Law Makers will have to be “Suspended” For Carrying WEED to School like he did??

    Come on!!!

    1. Renee says:

      @ Card. Wow. So he deserves to die for that. Really??? Wow.

  4. hoodie says:

    But Mr Zimmerman had a broken nose and was bloody from some sort of scuffle. He did not have a right to defend himself from a 17 year old beating him?????? I agree the courts not the media should try him if the DA in FLA did not press charges maybe it truely was self defense. And the dispatcher that told him to stay in his car is not law enforcment they are trained civilians reading from cards.

    1. really says:

      that piece of information is not in the police report. don’t you think that would be key information in a case, especially, when the killer is claiming self defense. I don’t think this is as much a racism thing as much as it is racial profiling..i think if Treyvon was a white kid in a hoodie that night he still would have thought it was a THUG…that’s my opinion..the racism comes in when the officers described Zimmerman as white and allowed him to go free on his WHITE word!!

    2. Chic says:

      The point everyone seems to be missing is that if Mr. Zimmerman doesn’t get out of his vehicle and waits for law enforcement to do their job, we aren’t even talking about this…….there is no “scuffle”, no one is killed, and we don’t even hear about it….
      This entire episode is media driven. The media apparently sees no reason to report on black on black crime or black on white crime because there is no sensationalism in it. Nor do they report on any efforts made by black local, state, or national figures or politicians who have held numerous “Stop the Killing” rallies in this state, and across this country for years.
      Anyone who remotely believes that there is more black on white crime, than black on black crime or white on white crime needs to come out from under that rock and check out the Federal crime statistics. Try not to allow your biases to affect your otherwise clear thinking…….

  5. Bill says:

    No one is saying the Hispanic is innocent. The truth is blacks commit crimes against whites 20 times more often than whites against blacks. I wish the black caucus would engage in something constructive instead of their usual silly actions.

  6. JackDaniels says:

    The fact is that our lawmakers are idiots!!!!
    And, if Zimmerman was actually attacked, he had the right to defend himself!!!!

  7. 1-0-3-0 WITHERSPOON says:

    all teens of all races were hoodies. maryland race card ,,,rock and roll baby, i’am starting a white caucus

    1. ballsohardclub says:

      You couldn’t start a good fart.

  8. tobysatan3 says:

    so I guess my question is …. It has been stated that the kid was in a “gated” community. Did the kid live in that gated community? And, if not, why why was he in the gated community? Secondly, if the kid had been white, would we be hearing and seeing all of this “outrage” on the TV or in the news? Doesn’t mean the boy should die, but are all of the questions being asked and aired, or just the ones someone thinks everyone should hear. I, for one, would like ALL of the facts before making a decision.

  9. ballsohardclub says:

    This is a media hysteria driven story & the black sheeple go for it every time. It’s just an opportunity for them to dance in the streets like true jungle bunnies with bones stuck in their ears.

  10. ballsohardclub says:

    None of you coc sukas were there so stop the guessing games. What really happened we will never know but there is a rush to judgement to pacify the coons as if they f’kg deserve anything the lazy lot of them.

    1. Guest says:

      Your comment was disgusting and reported.

  11. wise up says:

    whne will we hear from the White Caucus..oops !!!!!sorry that would be a racist committee

  12. Guest says:

    While my heart goes out to the family of this young boy we must let the justice system do it’s work. Putting a bounty on Mr. Zimmerman’s head is not the answer. The facts must be gathered or we will become no better then some Islamic nations. We are not a country of vigilante justice. This is turning into a racial issue which it could quite possibly have been but let the criminal justice system do it’s job. Also, where is the media outcry for the young white kid that was doused with gasoline and set on fire by two black youths in Kansas? This country is so full of race issues from both sides. Let’s stop inciting violence.

  13. FAST FRANKIE says:


  14. ballsohardclub says:

    Lawmakers wearing hoodies??? Puleeezzze people, err fools. This is the height of hypocrisity. Where were the blacks when several of them stomped a young dr to deat a few yrs ago in Fells point in front of his wife? Or the young dr. from Hopkins who was stabbed to death by a couple black thugs last yr. Black slime ball coons, undisciplined & all they wanna do is fuc & steal.

  15. solid citizen says:

    hoodies for our legislative hoodlums .. Quit plundering and financially raping the taxpayer

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

    1. Jefa says:

      The lawmakers wearing hoodies to honor a dead child is ridiculous Change the law that’s what your there to do. This racist business has got to stop and that includes African Americans. USA bond don’t segregate change the law and honor him in a positive light instead of a hood. Really grow up!

  16. Benton Heights says:

    Lawmakers wearing hoodies, wow I’m impressed. They should wear hoodies when they vote for all of the tax increases. It fits in with what a ‘hoodie’ implies. The trash we call legislators are trying to garner votes. TV photo op at best.

  17. ballsohardclub says:

    There is a dress code in the senate & house chambers & these legislators (thugs) should have been removed from the room immediately. Talk about a lack of respect. Like all Nigg*r, they have no conscience.

  18. Notta Coon says:

    The N*gger Senator Pugh (Pugh refers to the nasty smell that all N*ggers produce) in the striped hoodie looks like a monkey that threw feces at patrons at the Baltimore Zoo and then rubbed the residue on her face

  19. dave says:

    Sen, Pugh as in smelly Phewww, is a coc suck’n coon that takes it up her smelly butt hole. She lies down with the dogs & has the fleas to proveit….It’s called Black man’s disease or Aids.

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