October 29, 2013
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, testified today before a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. on what she believed to be abuse of "stand your ground" laws in certain states. Fulton was one of a number of speakers at the Senate hearing. Another was Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, another 17-year-old teen who was shot and killed last year. According to Fulton, the incident with Davis proves that what happened with her own son is not something that is unusual.
Fulton kept her statement brief, but she expanded on her arguments in written testimony to the Senate committee. In her testimony to the committee, she stated the following: "It is my belief that in this country and at this time, the people whose interests you were elected to represent do not wish to see immorality justified with legality. To safeguard life and the liberties that we all appreciate so much, we must remain eternally vigilant against the great dangers of legalized injustice."
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by Florida neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, back in February 2012. Zimmerman was not charged at first, but he was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder after protests across the country broke out. Zimmerman was later acquitted.