(CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that while she supports the investigation into the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin that is taking place in the justice system, “other options” should be considered "if that doesn't seem to be working."
“We all supported an investigation that is taking place,” Pelosi said at her Thursday news conference when asked if Congress should hold hearings on the case. “I think that’s an issue in the justice system, and if that doesn’t seem to be working then consider some other options, but I’m pleased that the investigation is going forward.”
Martin, a Florida teenager who was fatally shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, has become a rallying for activists who allege that the shooting was racially motivated.
Florida police did not charge Zimmerman with a crime in the shooting, which Zimmerman claimed was in self-defense.
Martin was unarmed at the time, walking through the neighborhood on his way to his father’s house after going to a local convenience store.
The controversy has sparked outrage from Martin’s family and African-American political leaders, who have called on police to charge Zimmerman with murder. Florida state authorities and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating the incident.
Among those who have protested the Martin case is Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il.), who was ejected from the House floor Wednesday for violating House rules by wearing a hooded sweatshirt while giving a speech about the Martin shooting. Martin was reported to have been wearing a similar sweatshirt the night of his death, and it has become a symbol for those who think the 17-year-old was murdered.