WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- A Republican congressman from Maryland has this message
for people fixating over the verdict in George Zimmerman's trial: "Get
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted
Saturday in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager.
Trayvon's death and Zimmerman's trial have been at the center of a
national debate over racial profiling.
hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not
guilty by a jury. That's the way the American law system works. Get
over it, " Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said Tuesday on WMAL radio.
a conservative who was first elected in 2010, also suggested there has
been too much news media coverage -- especially on TV -- about the trial
and its aftermath. "We missed the forest through the trees to a large
extent with all the huge issues going on in the world," Harris said.
General Eric Holder has vowed to proceed with a civil rights inquiry
into Trayvon's death, but it is not yet known whether President Obama's
Justice Department will file charges against Zimmerman.
said the Justice Department investigation is "purely political" and a
sign that the Obama administration's lawyers are "doing things they
shouldn't be doing and not doing things they should be doing."
"Going after a person under our system who was found not guilty ... it's incredulous," he said.
Harris' remarks about the Zimmerman trial on the Mornings on the Mall
show on WMAL came after a lengthy discussion about health care and
Republican opposition to the law signed by President Obama. Harris is an
anesthesiologist by training. He won a divisive GOP primary in 2008 by
defeating moderate Rep. Wayne Gilchrist.