CLEVELAND – The mother of a Florida teen, whose death sparked a national debate, said here in Cleveland that more needs to be done to improve relations between police departments and the communities they serve.

Sybrina Fulton spoke at the Cleveland Public Library.

Back in 2012, her family was tragically thrust into the spotlight when her son, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in Florida by a neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman acknowledged shooting Martin, but said he did so in self-defense.

In Cleveland, Sybrina Fulton said she has become good friends with Tamir Rice’s mother.

Tamir Rice was 12 years-old when he was shot and killed by Cleveland police last November.

Police mistook his airsoft pistol for a real gun.

Talking about police/community relations, Fulton says, “I think it’s going to take work on both ends.”



Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News

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