Hundreds March in Union Square for Fla. Teen Shot Dead

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

New Yorkers attend a rally in memory of a Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was shot to death by a neighbor in Florida. (Janet Babin/WNYC)

A few hundred people are marching in New York City in memory of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

Demonstrators chanted "we want arrests" during Wednesday night's march in Manhattan's Union Square.

The parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin are expected to attend the Million Hoodie March. Their son was fatally shot Feb. 26 while returning to a gated community in Sanford, Fla., after buying candy at a convenience store. The teenager was unarmed and was wearing a hoodie.

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman hasn't been charged in the shooting. He has said he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense.

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting.


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Comments [7]

Dobbo from Dorchester

Why is it that Black people only march and unite and the Rev Sharpton only shows up when a member of a different race murders a Black person? Why doesn't this happen when there is Black on Black murders every single minute? Genocide doesn't count?

Mar. 22 2012 05:58 PM
Daryl from Long Island

What I want to know is what in the world is a "neighborhood watch" member doing patrolling with a gun, as if he's a law enforcement officer? Oh, wait, it's Florida. Everybody gets to carry a gun.

Mar. 21 2012 08:45 PM
Political Pop from America

Hispanic neighborhood watch WHAT DOES RACE HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?

Mar. 21 2012 08:05 PM
Kate from Washington Heights

The media keep calling him a "Neighborhood Watch Captain." I hope WNYC will ask what the heck that is, and if it is true that he was one. I have heard that it is an inaccurate description, which gives him a status that he, in fact, did not have.

Mar. 21 2012 06:26 PM

The cops gave the proper advice to the guy when he called them, which was to stay in his car and leave the area.
So why have they completely dropped the ball after the murder?
This speaks to blatant racism. If the roles were reversed, that young black boy would be sitting in prison.

Mar. 21 2012 05:00 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

The two things boggling my mind:

How Zimmerman could have invoked the "Stand Your Ground" law, after pursuing -- for no good reason and against the instruction of police -- the unarmed youth he claimed to defend his gun-wielding self against.

How the cops basically just took his word for it, accepted his story about his criminal history and didn't administer the standard drug test.

Mar. 21 2012 03:41 PM
Political Pop from America

So that guy who murdered him just gets away scott free huh?

Mar. 21 2012 01:55 PM

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