Sharpton Promises Protests Over Shooting Of Fla. Teenager Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says activists are planning “a wave of civil disobedience” to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The civil rights leader told supporters in New York on Saturday that organizers would hold a series of nonviolent protests calling for the arrest of the crime watch volunteer who confronted the unarmed black teenager because he thought he looked “suspicious,” and then shot him.

“We are all over this country preparing for a series of waves of civil disobedience,” Sharpton said Saturday. “We are going to be hitting multiple cities with non-violent protests at the time.”

The shooter, George Zimmerman, claimed he acted in self-defense and has not been charged.

“It is important that we have sustained indignation,” Sharpton said. “This is not where we are going to show that we are angry and go back home.”

Sharpton called it a “paradox” that the country could elect a black man president, but still view young black men with suspicion simply because they don a hooded sweat shirt, like the one Martin was wearing when he was killed.

“It’s time for us to stop and straighten this out once and for all,” Sharpton said.

Earlier this week, a “Million Hoodie March” was held in Union Square.

Those at the rally, which included Occupy Wall Street protesters, said they were standing against stereotypes of black men who wear hooded sweatshirts.

“The stereotype is that they’re dangerous, that they’re up to no good and that they’re generally a bad person,” said demonstrator Eva Haldane.

Friday night, New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire wore a gray hoodie during early warm ups, a sign of support for Martin’s family. He said later that he hopes something positive will come from the tragedy.

On Sunday, worshippers, clergy and choir members will wear hoodies at a service at Middle Collegiate Church in honor or Martin.

The sermon will urge congregants to sign online petitions, and to post online photos of themselves and their friends wearing hoodies.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting and the Seminole County State Attorney in Florida has said a grand jury will meet April 10 to consider evidence in the case.

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  • Al Sharpton

    Now lookee here!

    I takes the stick and I dip it in a little bit of doggie poo then i put the stick back in my mouth and make the yum yum yummy!

    • Ron

      Al Maybe this is not a race ithing. How did zimmerman get a gun permit with a domestic charge. Who did the bakground check Stanford Police? what city would get sued if his dad knew someone that got the gun permit threw when it should have been denied. Please go after right and wrongs for all races. Most white men are not racist but get angry when hearing some of the crazy off the wall comments. Please fight for us all so we can all fight together. .

  • Joker Jones

    If this was a dead white kid in a hoodie, would Al “jheri curl” sharpton be organizing a ralley, nope! He’s the biggest ambulance chasing racist around.

  • Gary

    Wonder if Al will invite Tawana Brawley to his protests.

  • Ryan

    Lets’s try to obtain all the facts before pointing fingers or jumping to any conclusions. This particularly goes for the Zimmerman supporter and Dakotahgeo on here. The former is very disrespectful with his/ her comments while the latter makes Nancy Pelosi look like Ron Paul. Both of you give it a break. It’s people like you that only continue to pour fuel on the fire. Stop it.

    • dakotahgeo

      Ryan, thank you… you are correct. I just don’t handle arrogant, ignorant people well. My fault, lol.

  • NYCsewer

    is it true this kid had several arrests and gold teeth

    • GeorgeZimmermanHero

      Gold Teeth, suspended form school fo beating up and robbing a fellow student and it will come out this no good thug was beating on top of Zimmerman.

    • dakotahgeo

      What the HELL does gold teeth have to do with this story?? Your arrogance is absolutely out of bounds! A young man is dead and you’re denigrating him??? You handlename fits you well, sewer dung!!!

    • dakotahgeo

      This young man had a CLEAN record!!! Can you say the same?? Geeezzz!!!

  • GeorgeZimmermanFan

    Zimmerman was defending himself from a blind side attack. That Trayvon thug wouldn’t answer his questions, and Zimmernan let it go by turning his back then The Coward Sub Saharan attacked. Zimmerman was in the right. God Bless Zimmerman, you can live in my community anytime.

    • dakotahgeo

      What’s this Sub-Saharan shxt?? You don’t even know where the Saharan area is on the globe… GROW UP!!!

      • GeorgeZimmermanHero

        I know it very well, it is where you apes come from.

        • dakotahgeo

          Do you kno how difficult it is to be wrong 100% of the time?? Congratulations, GZH!! I’m from the good old Midwest, lolol, and a WASP from way back. You screwed up again! Good goin’… lolol.

  • michae;

    Sure its a tradegy, and i can understand what this family is going through. But, what about the senseless killings of teens killing each other, minority on minority crime, etc. Why doesn’t Sharpton have some rallies for all the other violence that is plauging this country. Why cant we have more peace rallies on how we can get along more then every decade This is what we need to work on. Lets have Amare Stoudamire , Jay Z MIchael Jordan get some peace rallies. I understand some cops go to far , but for every minority that is shot by the police probably 500 of them are getting shot by there own people. I dont see that many jews shooting each other and i dont see to many muslims shooting each other etc Its time to take some serious action NOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

  • The Realist

    How much will Al Sharpton bill the Martin family for his appearance?

  • Jerry

    No doubt this man ,Zimmerman, precipitated the incident w/o provication.
    He and the law need clarification whereas this won’t happen again.
    I will say however, these dress codes (hoods and underwear show, by teens who seem to enjoy emulating inmates should be addressed by Sharpton and Company, certainly they do not promote positive academics,& social behavior.
    A hood in Fla?? gimme a break?


    Make sure to have the protests in Florida, not New York.

    • cityJ

      each and every state should have a protest

      • dakotahgeo

        I think that will be the case, as it should be, until Zimmerman is jailed!

        • GeorgeZimmermanFan

          Zimmerman is a hero. He did nothing wrong He has a right to question unfamiliar faces in HIS GATED COMMUNITY! You Sub Saharan’s are twisted unevolved animals. That Trayvon beast attacked him while he was turned. THE FACTS WILL COME OUT! AND YOU WONT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!

          • dakotahgeo

            And I suppose you are that secret witness…ROFLMBO!!! Zimmerman is toast, Baby!! You can only pull a fast one like te Sanford PD did, once or twice. They’re also toast! LOLOL. George Zimmerma Fan, my foot! Better find a real hero, Flunkie!!!

            • GeorgeZimmermanHero

              dont worry, he will get off and you beasts wil riot and then you will all be sent back to the jungle where you al belong.

  • melvin polatnick

    The Trayvon Martin execution is causing panic among the privileged. Racists are hiding their ugly heads in shame as the searchlight of guilt shines on every bigot. Soon gated communities and Racist enclaves will cease to exist. In that new world the innocent will walk every pathway without fear of shedding their blood.

    • Jerry

      My friend, W/O and positive social behavior your panacea will never exist.
      If, however, your miracle does happen, in the meantime, we God fearing & law abiding citizens will continue to protect ourselves.

  • M.M.

    this is very sad when we are so farr behind in education that we have to even have to here about anyone killing anyone if we let the real reason why travon was killed be over looked; because we have not new tech put in to hhelp people get a job that give them all that they need we must look at all that cause travon death and not point the finger at each other if the man who shot travon tell it right we will see he wanted to work and because change has not took place

  • littlestar

    Hey, where is Al before someone gets shot ? What exactly do you do bro ?

  • DP

    Looks like there’s more to the situation as it evolved.

    • dakotahgeo

      There’s always a ‘witness’ in the background… he’s more than likely been paid off. They’ll nail him in Court!!!

      • GeorgeZimmermanHero

        Oh really, when you dont get your way, it is a conspiracy. Zimmerman is a hero, god bless him and he will be free…. AND YOU WONT DO ONE DAM THING ABOUT IT!!!!

        • dakotahgeo

          Heh heh heh… I won’t have to lift a finger. Justice has a funny way of nailing the guilty party of Zimmerman… he’s a loooooser!! ROFLMBO!!!

          • GeorgeZimmermanSafariSkills

            Nah…he is a hero and he will get off. You cant do anything about it.

  • Fernando

    One thing is for sure…whatever you do here, you’ll have it back.

    • Trayvon's parents

      Thank you my son.

  • Trayvon's parents

    We are sorry, but all recent pictures of our son have gang affilations in them.

  • I'll slap you

    I didn’t know skittles came in chicken flavor

  • Sailor Boy

    Sharpton would be nothing today, if not because of tawana brawley and ‘DODO GATE’

  • Sailor Boy

    The only people who will benefit from this death is the hoodie, and skittles companies

  • Joeyd

    Hey lets all go and burn down Sanford Fla now, and act like animals

  • NYCsewer

    Sharpton is a waste of human DNA and likes other Mens anal cavities

    • Nichelle Garrison

      How do you know,did he screw you??

  • NeverBringSkittels2AGunFite

    “R there no fotos of Travan other than when he was 12?…”

    • NYCsewer

      the other pictures he is a Bloods gang member

  • dakotahgeo

    I can’t imagine Sanford, FL residents being able to show their faces because of the embarrassment associated with those they trust to protect them. At the very least, I would expect the Police Dept. officers involved in this mess to resign, starting with the Police Chief! And this isn’t the first ncident, I hear?? Somebody’s asleep at the switch!

    • Nichelle Garrison

      They definitely need to clean house..starting with the Chief and work their way down.

      • I'll slap you

        Stupid… The cops had nothing to do with this. Learn how to read it was a Latino who shot the little perp
        You need a slap in the a$$

        • Nichelle Garrison

          And I guess you’re the idiot to do it right? The cops are just as guility as the shooter in my opinion.They are guilty of accepting Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense when clearly he was the perpetrator.This is the reason way he won’t be able to hide behind the Stand Your Ground law. And did I mention how the police tried to sway witness’ statements in favor of Zimmerman? Sounds like a coverup to me.Maybe you are the one that needs to learn how to read,you f**king ass whip!!

          • dakotahgeo

            Thank you, Michelle, but I think you meant ‘wipe,’ lolol.

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