Florida college students gathered at the Seminole County criminal courts in Tallahassee on Monday to rally for justice in response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed on Feb. 26 in his Sanford neighborhood on his way back from the convenience store by George Zimmerman, the volunteer. Zimmerman, 28, called 911 saying the unarmed teen looked suspicious and proceeded to chase and shoot him to death.
About 75 protesters were dressed in black and chanted “We shall overcome” and “We want justice now!” They met with Pat Whitaker, chief of operations at the State Attorney’s Office, the agency that decides whether or not to file charges against Zimmerman. The Black Law Students Association of FAMU College of Law organized the rally.
Zimmerman has not been arrested and said he was acting in self-defense. But in the recently released 911 tapes that recorded Zimmerman’s call, the operator said he did not need to follow Martin and that the police were on their way.
Martin’s parents have contacted the FBI to investigate why Zimmerman has not been arrested and believe their son did nothing wrong. They said they no longer trust their local police department and believe Zimmerman has not been arrested because he is white their son was black. But Zimmerman’s father said he is Hispanic.
The case has garnered national attention and attracted attention on social media sites. A online petition calling on authorities to arrest Zimmerman is rocketing around Facebook.
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