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Democrat invokes Trayvon Martin in anti-racial profiling bill

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D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has proposed anti-racial profiling legislation to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"The Trayvon Martin tragedy did not involve a law enforcement officer, but his death reminded the country that racial profiling discrimination remains largely unaddressed," Norton said, according to The Hill. "The responsibility for eliminating racial profiling should begin with the federal government, especially when racial profiling happens on federally funded roads."

Ms. Norton's bill would let states apply for federal grants to create programs aimed at reducing racial profiling, The Hill reports.

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, last year in Florida. Mr. Zimmerman said he was protecting himself after Mr. Martin allegedly attacked him. Defenders of the 17-year-old say it was a racially motivated murder.

Mr. Zimmerman is set to face trial for second-degree murder in June.

Ms. Norton's bill would reinstate a grant program for racial profiling that expired in 2009, The Hill reports.

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