A pair of House Democrats warned Sunday that George Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sets a dangerous precedent for protection under “stand-your-ground” laws.
Speaking on CNN’s "State of the Union," Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) said they were worried that the ruling in Florida would embolden others to act accordingly.
On February 26 of last year, Zimmerman, a 29-year old neighborhood watch volunteer, followed Martin through a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood and shot him to death following a brief struggle.
Fattah faulted Zimmerman’s jury for declining to convict him on even lesser charges.
“I think there should have been a punishment for that,” Fattah said. “What the jury is saying is, ‘Here’s George Zimmerman back, here’s his gun back and what he did was perfectly fine. And he’s coming to a neighborhood near you,” Fattah said.