Bayfront park held thousands of protesters demanding the arrest of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Protesters gathered Sunday in an amphitheater where a poster in the backdrop clearly read:
“Justice for Trayvon”
Demonstrations in the central Florida town of Sanford, where Martin was killed, have been fairly consistent since the young boy was gunned down on his way home from buying iced tea and skittles. Sunday’s demonstration saw Martin’s parents in attendance, who had not made a public appearance in their home town since a news conference was held at the Baptist Church hosting their son’s funeral.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (28) shot and killed Trayvon Martin (17) with a semiautomatic handgun on February 16, 2012 as the young teenager, black and wearing a grey hoodie (hooded sweatshirt), walked home from 7-Eleven to his father’s home tucked away in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The encounter between the two occurred at the Retreat at Twin Lakes community.
Since the unfortunate incident occurred, the name “Trayvon” has been tweeted well over 2 million times.
George Zimmerman remains free under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law which allows an individual, such as neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman, to protect themselves from an assailant. As Zimmerman was legally permitted to carry his registered Kel Tek 9mm PF9 semiautomatic handgun, it was within his legal rights to exercise the weapon in self-defense. One of the real issues rallying the support of protesters around the United States is the fact that Zimmerman was questioned by police and released without charges due to his self-defense claim and Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law. Protesters are demanding that Zimmerman be brought to justice for the slaying of unarmed Martin.
As the facts are still being compiled and disseminated, there are those who believe that in time we will know what truly happened that dreadful evening when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman Police Surveillance Video:
Source: HuffingtonPost.com: Trayvon Martin Miami Protest