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Florida church leaders speak

After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., the Florida Council of Churches said in a July 15 statement that "many minority families and the documented statistics of Florida's criminal justice system show a long-standing, continual disadvantage against young African descent and Hispanic males." Signers said public policies have resulted in a school-to-prison pipeline and that for Florida's future "as a sustainable economy ... we must remove the suspicions and prejudice that linger on from the days of slavery and Jim Crow." Signers included then Florida-Bahamas Synod Bishop Ed Benoway and the council's executive director, ELCA pastor Russell Meyer.


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