"He wouldn't have fought you if you weren't on him like that, but, you sat down. You couldn't take it, and you took a whippin' from a young boy, and now you gonna kill him", said State Representative Napoleon Bracy when addressing a crowd in Prichard Tuesday night.
Bracy is very passionate when talking about the case of Trayvon Martin who was shot to death by Neighborhood Watch Volunteer, George Zimmerman. Friday, a Florida jury decided Zimmerman shot the teenager in self defense. No evidence surfaced during the trial that Zimmerman had racial bias, though Martin's family believes he was racially profiled.
"Some people say, why you get so upset about it? It could have been me. It could've been you. All of us, all of these children out here. It could have been them", said Bracy. Martin's case hits close to home for Bracy because he has been the victim of racial profiling. At age 17, Bracy said two police officers on the Gulf Coast pulled a gun on him during a traffic stop.
"We just need to bring awareness to this situation, and we just need to bring awareness on how you act in different situations when authority figures are around", said Bracy who is encouraging the community to learn Alabama's Stand Your Ground Law.
Alabama's Stand Your Ground law allows a person to use deadly force when they believe another person is about to use physical force. Stand Your Ground does not apply when dealing with police.