Yesterday, thousands of people descended on New York City’s Union Square for the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17 year old killed in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, who police refuse to arrest.
The crowd wore hoodies, held bags of Skittles, and carried drinks in their hands, much like Trayvon was when he was tragically shot and killed by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, while walking home.
The march was to protest the lack of justice being served in the case. Sanford Police have failed to arrest Zimmerman for the murder because he has claimed self defense, even though eye witness accounts and recently released 911 tapes suggest otherwise.
Trayvon’s parents, Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton, attended the march and were interviewed yesterday on “The Today Show” to discuss their son’s death and push for justice.
Thanks to the continued public outcry and news coverage, the FBI has now launched an official investigation into Trayvon’s death. Additionally, the Sanford City Commission has voted that they have â€œno confidenceâ€ in Police Chief Bill Lee, bringing into question the department’s lack of movement in the case.
The city of Sandford will hold a press conference later this afternoon to address the case. In the mean time, you can visit Change.org to sign a petition started by Trayvon’s parents to get George Zimmerman arrested and prosecuted for murdering their son.