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For Immediate Release:
March 13, 2012

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Trenae Floyd

Commissioner Jordan Expresses Concern Over Shooting of Unarmed Teen; State Attorney Asked to Conduct Thorough Investigation

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Concerned about the recent shooting of unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan penned an urgent letter to State Attorney Norman R. Wolfinger of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, urging him to conduct a thorough investigation into the teen’s death. Martin, who lived in Commissioner Jordan’s District, was in Sanford visiting his father when the tragedy occurred on February 26, 2012.

“I am saddened and distressed by the killing of an unarmed 17-year-old high school student,” noted Commissioner Jordan’s letter. “We too have heard the expressions of outrage and the accusations of those who believe that the killing was unlawful and may have been racially motivated.”

Martin’s death touched off a firestorm of media attention, with network television anchors questioning why the alleged gunman was not arrested.

According to the Sanford Police Department, they have concluded their investigation  had not found probable cause to arrest the shooter. The case will now be forwarded to the State Attorney for Brevard and Seminole counties to determine if charges will be brought against the gunman.

Commissioner Jordan has requested that the State Attorney keep the Martin family apprised of developments as it pertains to the case.

“I strongly encourage you to reach out to Trayvon’s family whom, we understand, believe that they have not been kept sufficiently informed by officials at the Sanford Police Department,” read a portion of the letter. It goes on to say, “In Miami-Dade County, experience has taught us that community members need to be engaged and information shared in a timely manner in order to facilitate a greater level of trust in local law enforcement and the criminal justice syst


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