Florida teen's parents talk with lawmakers - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Florida teen's parents talk with lawmakers

Posted:

WASHINGTON (WKOW)--The parents of Florida teen Trayvon Martin shared their tragedy on Capitol Hill today. 

They attended a forum in Washington on racial profiling, hate crimes and the "stand your ground" deadly force laws.

The hearing was sponsored by Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee.

Martin's mother briefly addressed lawmakers. 

17-year-old Martin was shot and killed last month by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.

The teen's parents believe race played a role in the shooting and want the case investigated as a hate crime.

Zimmerman says he was acting in self-defense and has not been charged.

Powered by Frankly