One of the attorneys for the family of Trayvon Martin spoke via a Skype interview with board members of the National Association of Black Journalists. The interview with Daryl Parks, who is also an OBABL Power 100 honoree, was reported by several NABJ members, whose compiled reports appeared in Richard Prince’s Journal-isms column:
” ‘I think the focus is not a federal arrest over a state arrest,’ Parks . . . told the journalists. ‘We want an arrest, period. And I think that the state aspect of that is the one that’s most feasible, that’s most attainable in this matter.’
“Asked his sense that state officials will press charges, he said, ‘Oh, they will.’
“. . . ‘They [DOJ] realize that to charge this as a hate crime is going to be a challenge, to put it lightly,’ Parks said.
” ‘Most state laws tend to be better for the prosecution of state crimes,’ Parks told the journalists. ‘And that’s why we see the federal authorities expressing, although gently, they can only do so much if there’s some type of race issues involved. The state officials don’t have that problem.’ ”
Corey Dade, another board member, added for NPR: “Parks said his firm has obtained documentation from the homeowners association where the shooting occurred that establishes Zimmerman as neighborhood watch captain. He said language in the document advises residents to direct any concerns about crime to Zimmerman. For that reason, he said, the family is preparing to file a civil lawsuit against the homeowners association.
” ‘The close nature of the working relationship [between Zimmerman and the homeowners association] is as clear as it can be,’ Parks said.”
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