Friday, May 29, 2015

Zimmerman charged, Councilwoman: Our justice system is working

Thousands across the country have rallied for justice in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in late February, in Sanford Fla.

Zimmerman charged, Councilwoman: Our justice system is working

Thousands across the country have rallied for justice in the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin who was gunned down by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in late February, in Sanford Fla.

“Today, we know that our justice system is working,” said City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, a day after special prosecutor Angela Corey announced in Jacksonville, Fla. that Zimmerman would be charged with second degree murder –which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. (Check out today’s Daily News story here.)

Reynolds Brown sponsored a resolution calling for justice in Martin’s death and standing in solidarity and support of his family. The case has sparked public outrage.

“Two weeks ago, when we introduced this resolution, we did not know whether the family would ever see this day. We now know that they will indeed be given their day in court,” Reynolds Brown said. “They will be given their constitutional right to seek justice in the death of their son.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds Brown said Philadelphians should not forget about the violence in their own backyards. She said as of yesterday there were 97 murders this year.

"That means 97 families in Philadelphia who are hurting, searching for meaning and seeking the same level of justice for their children. Those families must know that their pain is not overlooked and their questions deserve to be answered," she said, adding that she hopes the police department and other officials "continue to treat each and every one of these cases with the same urgency and respect that we have seen at the national level."

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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