Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton spoke out Sunday against the stop-and-frisk practice by the police department in New York City, saying no one has the right to stop someone on the basis of discrimination.
A debate broke out in New York City when a judge earlier this week said that the practice of targeting blacks and Hispanics who aren't doing anything wrong was indeed racial discrimination. And now the city wants to take some action to put a halt to such ‘selective’ interrogations.
Sybrina Fulton appeared on NBC's ‘Meet the Press’ with Ray Kelly and said, "You can't give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin."
Fulton's attorney, Benjamin Crump, agreed and said the stop-and-frisk policy targeted people by race and pointed out that it was still being used as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech approached.
“It actually takes us away from his poignant words of, ‘I dreamed my children would be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin,’” Crump said.
Sybrina Fulton’s son Trayvon Martin was killed in what she and many other supporters think was racial profiling by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, who shot the Florida teenager just because he thought the ‘kid wearing a hoodie was up to no good.’
You can watch Sybrina Fulton’s complete statement in the video above.