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Trayvon Martin shooting: L.A. Urban League backs suspect's arrest

April 12, 2012 |  8:42 am

Trayvon Martin march April 9 2012

After the arrest of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the Los Angeles Urban League issued a statement supporting a decision to file second-degree murder charges against him in Florida.

“Justice will now be served,” L.A. Urban League officials said in a statement released after a Florida special prosecutor announced charges against George Zimmerman.

"Today’s decision and action exhibit progress and a recognition that unwarranted killings of African American males specifically must stop and that there are consequences for devaluing the life of anyone based on race, ethnicity and color,” the statement continued.

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A similar note was struck by Rodney King in a statement on Wednesday.

“This is about something bigger than race -– this is about justice,” King said, adding that it was important for everyone to “come together to make sure that justice is done” for Martin.

In 1991, King was pulled over by Los Angeles police in Lake View Terrace and, after being ordered out of his car, was beaten by the several arresting officers. A homemade videotape of the beating caused a national outcry. The officers were charged with using excessive force and acquitted in 1992, igniting several days of rioting in Los Angeles.

King, 46, was reminded of his own screams after listening to Martin’s screaming for his life on a 911 call. "I thought I was going to die,” King’s statement read. “Very, very gratefully, I survived.  Unfortunately, Trayvon Martin did not."


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Photo: Civil rights organizations, community and religious leaders, entertainers and others participate in a rally and march in Los Angeles on Monday demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.