Cummings Reacts to Verdict in George Zimmerman Trial

July 14, 2013
Press Release


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to a Florida jury finding George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin:

“Today, my prayers are with the Martin family.  I am disappointed in the jury's verdict, and heartbroken for the scores of young Black men nationwide for whom this verdict delivers a startling message: our fight for civil rights is far from over.  There is still much work to do to ensure that all Americans have equal rights and protection under the law of this country.  I commend  Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for moving swiftly and with due diligence to determine what the appropriate next steps are at the federal level, and  I join my colleagues and Majority Leader Harry Reid in awaiting the results of that investigation.  Let each of us pray now for one another and our generation of youth.  We cannot allow the progress we've made as a nation to be rolled back.  Not on our watch.”