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Call for justice for Trayvon

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Call for justice for Trayvon

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Sanford, Florida (CNN) — Civil rights luminaries joined throngs of protesters carrying “Justice for Trayvon” signs today, slowly marching to the Sanford police headquarters to demand the arrest of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killer.
“We will march on, we will rally, pray, petition, challenge elected officials, judges, law enforcement, attorneys, in the court house and in the White House, until justice for Trayvon Martin is real,” high school senior Clarence Moore III, a member of the NAACP’s College and Youth Division.
Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP board of directors, urged demonstrators to turn their anger into constructive action, telling them to register and vote.
“Your vote is the key that will unlock justice in this community,” she said.
Organizers said demonstrators arrived on buses from around Florida and the Southeast to participate in the rally, which came 34 days after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin after calling police to report him as a “suspicious” person.
Zimmerman says he killed Martin in self-defense after the teen punched him and slammed his head on the sidewalk, according to an Orlando Sentinel report that was later confirmed by Sanford police.
Authorities have said Zimmerman was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he’d acted to protect himself. Martin’s family and supporters say Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, racially profiled the teen, who was black, and ignored a police dispatcher’s directive not to follow him.
The Sanford police department has come under intense scrutiny for its actions following the shooting, and protesters renewed their call for the firing of police Chief Bill Lee, who stepped aside temporarily this month amid criticism. Activists also demand punishment against others involved in the case.