Detroit council supports calls for federal investigation of possible civil rights charges against George Zimmerman
Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson talks at a City Council meeting on Monday June 11, 2012. Watson sponsored a resolution passed by council supporting an NAACP petition seeking federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. / Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press
By Joe Guillen
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer
The Detroit City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, sparked a discussion over the need for city leaders and others to focus more on violence in Detroit.
“We need to have that same level of outrage with respect to the black-on-black crime that takes place in our community,” Councilman Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said. “How many people were shot — maybe even shot and killed this past weekend in the city — mostly likely by folks who look just like them?”
Watson said there are many events held regularly to address violence in Detroit. “Because the so-called major media does not cover all of the expressions does not mean it does not happen,” she said. “So that’s not correct.”