Tallahassee, FL -- April 5, 2012 --
At times shouting to try to attract Gov. Rick Scott's attention, a crowd of about 150 rallied Wednesday at the Capitol for slain teenager Trayvon Martin. It was also the 44th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Speakers demanded the arrest of George Zimmerman, who shot Martin on Feb. 26 but hasn't been charged, and an end to the stand-your-ground law under which Zimmerman may defend himself. Rep.Alan Williams, a Tallahassee Democrat, wore a hoodie as he led the crowd the crowd in a chant of "We are Trayvon Martin." Tallahassee Mayor John Marks spoke of Martin's parents and said the criminal justice system must do its job. "Were not here to try anybody in the streets or through the press," he said. "We just want the justice system to work as it should." Former state Sen. Al Lawson, who voted for the 2005 stand-your-ground law allowing gun carriers to meet force with force, acknowledged voting for the measure and called it a mistake. "We didn't really read the bill all the way through, and an interpretation in a certain section of the bill is where the problem is," he said. "I don't think it's just a matter of changing the law. I think we ought to get rid of the bill." Lawson is running for Congress against U.S. Representative Steve Southerland, a Panama City Republican.
Tallahassee, FL -- April 4, 2012 --
Protestors marched in Tallahassee, calling "Justice for Trayvon Martin."
About 100 protesters made their way up the Civic Center to the steps of the Old Capitol today 4-4-12. They say they want to see an arrest made in the case. And they want to see Florida's 'Stand Your Ground Law' revised.
"By having these peaceful protests and getting everyone to speak out about how they really feel on the situation, I think that, that really keeps me calm," says Bonita Walker who attended the rally.
About 75 demonstrators rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to call for justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. They say they want an arrest in the case now and Florida's Stand Your Ground law should be repealed.
Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims it was in self-defense.
Tallahassee, Florida - April 4, 2012 - Noon
About a hundred protested are rallying in the Capitol Courtyard. They are calling for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. The rally just wrapped up moments ago. The rally also fell on the 44th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. They did this because they say they want justice; the same justice King sought over 40 years ago. Now, the case of Trayvon Martin has put Florida's Stand Your Ground law in the national spotlight. 17-year-old Martin was shot and killed by 26-year-old Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. Zimmerman says it was done in self defense.
At today's rally, organizers are calling for justice. They want to see that the case go to court and they want to rework the Stand Your Ground law.
We will have more on the rally coming up tonight on Eyewitness News.