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State Lawmakers Don Hoodies In Support Of Florida Teen

Photo by Ben Adler


Some California state lawmakers wore gray hooded sweatshirts around the Capitol this morning. They were showing support for a Florida teen who was shot to death by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. Trayvon Martin was wearing a “hoodie” when he was killed. The man who shot him has not been charged.

Democratic State Assemblyman Steven Bradford says the case brings up questions about why African Americans and people of color are still treated differently in this country. “I’m here to stand with my colleagues and bring attention to the need to bring justice not just for Trayvon Martin but all the young men and women of color who are constantly victimized daily in this country simply because of the color of their skin,” said Bradford.

Lawmakers held a news conference after the State Senate adjourned in Martin’s memory. They are calling for justice in the Martin case and support a federal investigation of the shooting.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | April 3, 2012 at 9:33 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

I think we get the point with the hoodies. Can we get back to justice for those affected by this killing?

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 3, 2012 at 10:53 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

David, it's hard to get back to justice when Mr. Zimmerman has **still** not been arrested.

People, including myself, are so disgusted with how this has been handled by the local authorities in Flordia that alternative ways to show support have been used.

I firmly believe in innocence until proven guilty, however I certainly feel there is enough evidence that shows Mr. Zimmerman should have been arrested.

The only way to get justice is for an arrest to take place and for both sides to be able to present their cases in court.

Each day that goes by without this process being started means one more day of trying this case in the media which I think is bad for our justice system.

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DeLaRick | April 3, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago


Zimmerman's father is a "somebody" in the judicial establishment, which might explain why his son hasn't been charged. If/when the case gets to court, the prosecution's case has so many holes in it that Zimmerman is very likely to walk. (Zimmerman's dad's legal heft and hired hands will be a serious factor.) The whole case is very sad, but it'll soon be a lot more about power and privilege than the race-baiting it currently is.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 3, 2012 at 6:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

DeLaRick, what loopholes? It seems to me it is Zimmerman who's story is not adding up. He said he was threatened and thrown against a concrete sidewalk by the youth, but video shows I'm immediately after with no apparent trauma.

As far as his father being in the good 'ol boys network, I think that has limitations now that the case is under microscopic watch by many civil rights groups and law enforcement across the country.

I agree it's a sad case, and it seems to just get worse the longer it goes on without an arrest.

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