I doubt George Zimmerman would have ever thought the actions of one night would have such a far reaching impact when he ended up shooting Trayvon Martin. The case has sparked a national uproar as thousands of people in cities all across the country have rallied in a call for justice in the memory of the slain teen this weekend.
Tampa Bay Times reported up to a thousand protesters marched to one of the city’s busiest intersections wearing hoodies and carrying bags of Skittles. Many were carrying signs saying. ” I am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon.”
According to Wistv.com, in Columbia, South Carolina hundreds of people rallied in Finlay Park.
Event co-chair Chris Sullivan compared Martin to Emmitt Till, a Mississippi 14 year old who was beaten to death in 1955 for whistling at a white woman, stating:
“Trayvon is the Emmitt Till of our generation.”
Sullivan continued on saying:
“‘A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ those are the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King and that’s why we’re here today.”
The Orlando Sentinel reported that in a protest in Sanford, Florida members of the New Black Panther Party offered a ten thousand dollar reward for the “capture” of Zimmerman.
Mikhail Muhammad, the leader of the New Black Panther Party, was asked if he was inciting violence. He simply stated:
“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
City officials made sure to make a statement not condoning the activities of the group, saying:
“The city is requesting calm heads and no vigilante justice.”
There is an online petition urging that Zimmerman be prosecuted with over one and a half million people signing it.
More than 1.7 million people have signed an online petition urging that the shooter be prosecuted.
Do you think these thousands and thousands voices will be heard? Will justice be served?