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Congressman apologises over Trayvon Martin remarks

CONTROVERSY: Barney Frank speaking at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

MASSACHUSETTS CONGRESSMAN Barney Frank is has reportedly apologised for comments he made about the Trayvon Martin case at recent graduation ceremony.

During the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth commencement on Sunday the Democrat allegedly joked that civil rights leader, Hubie Jones, will not get shot for wearing a 'hood', because it was attached to an academic robe.

He reportedly said: "You [Jones] now have a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you."

The remarks, which was said to have been met with a mix reaction from the audience, were intended to make reference to the controversial argument that 17-year-old Martin was gunned down by self-styled neighbourhood watchman, George Zimmerman, because he was wearing a hoodie.

Speaking after the incident, Frank reportedly said the comment was meant to 'ridicule the notion that a hooded sweatshirt is somehow sinister.'

Frank also admitted that he had made the same joke at his own expense at three other graduation ceremonies.

DEATH: Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the teen during an alleged confrontation on February 26 at a gated community, in Sanford, Florida.

He has pleaded not guilty and claims he killed the teen in self-defence.

The case continues.

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