WFSU News Team
Wed April 4, 2012
Group marches on capital for Trayvon Martin
About 150 people marched to Florida’s Capitol building to remember the African-American teen who was killed in Sanford back in February by a neighborhood watchman. Lynn Hatter reports the group was protesting the handling of case by local authorities on the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Holding “Justice for Trayvon” signs and sporting hoodies and t-shirts with the teenager’s likeness, a group of mostly African-Americans rallied at the Capital Wednesday. Attorney Henry “Skip” Hunter addressed the crowd and criticized the way the case was handled by Sanford’s police department.
“And, for an arrest, most law enforcement…know that a gun, and a dead young boy, unarmed, is probable cause for an arrest and investigation.”
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot after an altercation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. In the wake of Martin’s death, many rallies have taken place to call attention to the case. State and federal investigations are ongoing.