Pelosi: If Justice System Probe of Trayvon Martin Death 'Doesn't Seem to be Working' 'Other Options' Should Be Considered

By Matt Cover | March 29, 2012 | 3:27pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that while she supports the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin that is taking place in the justice system, “other options” should be considered "if that doesn't seem to be working."

“We all supported an investigation that is taking place,” Pelosi said at her Thursday news conference when asked if Congress should hold hearings on the case. “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 fatally shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, has become a rallying for activists who allege that the shooting was racially motivated.

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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Martin family, Trayvon Martin holds an unidentified baby. Martin was slain in the town of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 in a shooting that has set off a nationwide furor over race and justice. Neighborhood crime-watch captain George Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has not been arrested, though state and federal authorities are still investigating. Since the slaying, a portrait has emerged of Martin as a laid-back young man who loved sports, was extremely close to his father, liked to crack jokes with friends and, according to a lawyer for his family, had never been in trouble with the law. (AP Photo/Martin Family, File)

Florida police did not charge Zimmerman with a crime in the shooting, which Zimmerman claimed was in self-defense.

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 investigating the incident.

Among those who have protested the Martin case is Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il.), who was ejected from the House floor Wednesday for violating House rules by wearing a hooded sweatshirt while giving a speech about the Martin shooting. Martin was reported to have been wearing a similar sweatshirt the night of his death, and it has become a symbol for those who think the 17-year-old was murdered.


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