Protesters advance in Fla. boondocks area boyhood was shot
Thousands abutting a advance Saturday through the Florida boondocks area 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was attempt and asleep by a adjacency watch volunteer, vowing to abide agitation until an arrest is made.
Protesters agitated signs, chanted “Justice for Trayvon,” and afraid the easily of their accouchement while they absolved to the Sanford Badge Administration from a bounded top academy that served atramentous acceptance during the allegory era. The advance was organized by the NAACP was one of several demography abode over the weekend.
“We reside in the average of an American paradox,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd. “We can put a atramentous man in the White House but we cannot airing a atramentous adolescent through a gated neighborhood. We are not affairs out, accedence out or abetment down until there is amends for Trayvon.”
Martin was attempt to afterlife by 28-year-old George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 as he absolved from a accessibility abundance aback to his father’s fiancée’s home in a gated association alfresco Orlando. The case has afflicted a civic chat about chase and the laws of self-defense. Martin, a atramentous jailbait from Miami, was caught if he was attempt by Zimmerman, whose ancestor is white and mother is Hispanic. Zimmerman told badge the boyhood attacked him afore he attempt in self-defense.
Sharpton and added civilian rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, batten during a two-hour assemblage afterward the half-mile march.
“This is not about a hoodie, it’s about ancestral profiling,” Jackson said. “We will use our boot feet, civilian defiance and every weapon in in our non-violent armory until amends is served.”
A dozen buses from beyond the accompaniment brought protesters to the rally. Shirley Roulhac-Lumpkin came with a accumulation from Miami Gardens.
“I appear from an era area humans wore white hoods and cipher arrested the KKK,” Roulhac-Lumpkin said. “Wearing a hoodie does not beggarly you’re a hoodlum.”
Gary Marion, a assistant who grew up in Sanford, said the Sanford badge administration is accepted “as a acceptable ol’ boy arrangement and this adventure sends a bulletin that our accouchement are account nothing. I would like to see the arch of badge answerable with obstruction of justice.”
Most of the protesters wore T-shirts with images of Trayvon Martin and abounding agitated handmade posters with letters that read, “Hoodies Don’t Kill People, Guns Kill People” and “Mother’s Tears Have No Color.”
“We appear to accomplish faculty of this abundant tragedy and the absolute apple grieves with us,” said Roslyn Brock, who chairs the civic lath of admiral for the NAACP. “When the Sanford badge did not arrest George Zimmerman, they about placed the accountability of affidavit on a asleep adolescent man who cannot allege for himself.”