Hundreds of people rallied in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday evening in honor of the unarmed African-American teenager shot to death by a neighborhood-watch captain last month in Sanford, Fla, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed in the Feb. 26 shooting, joined the demonstrators in a march from the park with chants of “we want arrests,” the Associated Press reported. Martin had just purchased candy at a convenience store and was wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time of his death, so some protesters dressed in a similar fashion at Wednesday’s rally.
The shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, told police afterward that Martin attacked him and that he fired his weapon in self-defense. He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
The case prompted federal and state authorities to open investigations earlier this week amid outrage from civil-rights activists and some politicians. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has also called for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help with the state attorney’s investigation.
As the Journal reported earlier Wednesday, the incident has renewed debate over a controversial law that Zimmerman could rely on to defend his actions:
Read more about the details of the shooting and Florida’s self-defense law in WSJ’s full report.
Wall Street Journal - March 21, 2012 By Aron Rutkoff
NY1 - March 21, 2012 - By Michael Herzenberg