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Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about the Trayvon Martin case in very personal terms at the NAACP convention today in Orlando, Florida:
Holder recalled how his father talked to him years ago "about how as a young black man I should interact with the police, what to say, and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted."
Holder thought he wouldn't have to have the same conversation with his own son, but did, after Martin's death, he said. "Trayvon’s death last spring caused me to sit down to have a conversation with my own 15 year old son, like my dad did with me," he said.
"This was a father-son tradition I hoped would not need to be handed down. But as a father who loves his son and who is more knowing in the ways of the world, I had to do this to protect my boy."
Holder also recounted the times he had been stopped by police and had his vehicle searched, even though he was sure he wasn't speeding. One time, "I was stopped by a police officer while simply running to a catch a movie, at night in Georgetown, in Washington, D.C," Holder said. " I was at the time of that last incident a federal prosecutor."