(Blogger's Note: On June 20, I received the following email from the National Association of Black Journalist regarding breaking news that Sanford, Florida Police chief Bill Lee has been fired.)
NEW ORLEANS, LA-- After attending the opening ceremony for the 37th Annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, the family of Trayvon Martin and their legal team held an exclusive news conference to respond to the firing of Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee on Wednesday (June 20). Under Lee's direction, Sanford police decided not to arrest George Zimmerman, who fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin.
In addition, Martin's family and legal team will participate in NABJ's "Trayvon Martin: A Crime Story in the Digital Age," newsmaker plenary tomorrow morning (June 21) at 9:30 am (central time).
Attorney Benjamin Crump said: "The family's response and statement is that the city manager of Sanford had an internal investigation into the matter concerning Bill Lee. He concluded that investigation and made his decision. The parents of Trayvon Martin respect the decision of the city manager. They remain vigilent in getting justince for their son and the tragedy that claimed his life. Mr. Martin always thought that the killer of his son should have been arrested and he had to go, with Sabrina and a lot of people, to great lengths to have the killer of his son arrested. So, it is one of those things- he has always believed that (Zimmerman) should have been arrested when he killed his son."
|(Trayvon Martin's family and legal speaks during June 20 press conference in New Orleans at NABJ Convention)|
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sabrina Fulton said, "It's just nice to see so many people that support us, so many people that walk up to us just to give us a hug. Just to tell us that they support us. It does the heart good.Yes, we still are hurting. We just had to go through a Mother's Day and a Father's Day and it hurts. It just hurts. It's just good to know that there are good people and there are people who support us. We just want to say thank you and keep praying for us."
Attorney Daryl Parks said, "It's important that we really believe that, as all of this has unfolded, we've continued to move closer to justice."