Count Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho's voice among those blasting the lack of an arrest in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
An Orlando-area self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, killed the 17-year-old Miami Gardens native Martin, who attended Michael Krop Senior High. He claimed it was self-defense, but 911 tapes seem to contradict his story.
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This afternoon, Carvalho issued an emotional statement calling on federal authorities to investigate the killing, and slamming the Sanford Police Department for its "failure" to "properly investigate such a death."
Here's Carvalho's full statement:
As Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a father, and an American, I am heartbroken and deeply disturbed by the senseless and untimely death of one of my students, one of my children, Trayvon Martin.
Each year we lose far too many young people to illness and accidents, but the death of a child as the result of an inexplicable violent act is not only heartbreaking, it is cause for outrage. The apparent failure of authorities to properly investigate such a death is utterly unacceptable.
Trayvon was killed on February 26, 2012, and some twenty-four days later, no charges have been filed or arrests made. Our American justice system is one that assures that all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law and that evidence, not conjecture or supposition, is to drive criminal investigations.
I join my voice with those who, in pain and mourning, demand that no stone be left unturned as state and federal entities achieve what, apparently and unjustifiably, the Sanford Police Department has not--justice.