Pelosi Doesn't Rule Out Congressional Hearings on Trayvon Shooting -- ‘Other Options’ Available

March 29, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not rule out congressional hearings into the Trayvon Martin shooting, saying that while she supports the special investigation Florida officials are conducting into the case, “other options” are available if that investigation “doesn’t seem to be working.”

At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, a reporter, in reference to the shooting, asked Pelosi if "Congress should hold public hearings on this whole situation?"

Pelosi said, “We all supported an investigation that is taking place. I think that’s an issue in the justice system and if that doesn’t seem to be working, then consider some other options. But I’m pleased that the investigation is going forward.”

Martin, a Florida teenager who was shot dead allegedly by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, has become a rallying cry for many liberals who claim the shooting was racially motivated.  Martin was a 17-year-old black teenager. Zimmerman is 28 years old and part Hispanic, part Caucasian.

Florida police did not charge Zimmerman with a crime in the shooting, which Zimmerman claimed was in self-defense after he and Martin began fighting.

Martin was unarmed at the time, walking through the neighborhood on his way to his father’s house after going to a local convenience store.

The controversy has sparked outrage from Martin’s family and African-American political leaders, who have called on police to charge Zimmerman with murder. Florida state authorities and the U.S. Justice Department are also investigating.