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Local NAACP Concerned Race A Factor In Zimmerman Trial & Local Rape Case


The Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP is echoing the call from its national organization for a Department of Justice investigation into the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin and whether any civil rights were violated. But they also used a Monday news conference to continue to speak out on behalf of an African American family who claims justice hasn't been served in the case of their 7-year-old daughter, who they say was raped at school.

Speaking about the Zimmerman verdict, Don Cavellini with the Coalition Against Racism said, "We the Coalition Against Racism do not accept President Obama's statement, quote: This is a nation of laws the jury has decided. unquote. That is not acceptable.

The outcry for justice for Trayvon Martin is similar to the cries of some Pitt County parents, who are going public on their own, about the alleged rape of their seven-year-old daughter.

The girl's father said, "Ain't nobody doing nothing, it's just going down hill, we feel everyone is against us that's all we really wanted was justice for our daughter the whole time."

The family says their daughter was raped at Pactolus Elementary school back in May. Her mother said, "We don't have any reason to hide anything that's been going on in our home, but we know what's been going on in the school. My daughter is confused about what day it happened that's the only problem.

The Pitt County District Attorney's Office closed the case without filing any charges saying there just is not enough evidence.

Captain Paula Dance with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office says the reason charges were not filed is because the child didn't have signs of being raped. She says, "According to our medical reports, the examination was normal."

The sheriff's office released a portion of their investigation to the media, something that is unlikely in any rape investigation. They say it's so they can address these on going allegations that no one is advocating for this child.

Dance says, "This is the last time we plan to address this issue. We know in our hearts and in our minds and through documents that we did everything we can do on this case. As far as I'm concerned if new information comes in, we'll look at it."

The NAACP says this type of injustice for Travyon Martin and the Pitt County seven-year old is an example of how the judicial system handles case involving African-Americans. They say taking action is their next step.

WITN did not identify the parents in the alleged rape case in Pitt County. It is our policy not to identify victims, or alleged victims, of sexual crimes.


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