City Council Members Wear Hoodies In Support Trayvon Martin’s Family

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Members of the New York City Council wore hoodies in support of the family of Trayvon Martin and in condemnation of the Florida teenager’s killing.

A number of council members gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, with hoods up.

They also were carrying bags of Skittles and cans of iced tea, as the unarmed 17-year-old was when he was allegedly shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

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Speaker Christine Quinn charged that the teenager was killed simply because he looked like he was up to no good.  She was also upset that Zimmerman is still a free man.

“What George Zimmerman did was wrong, was a crime and he needs to be held accountable.  And anybody in the authority or the Florida government who has allowed him to walk free with a gun…needs to be held accountable as well,” Quinn said.

The council members are set to vote on a resolution condemning Martin’s killing and what they’re calling an inadequate investigation.

Melissa Mark-Viverito called the killing of Martin “An unspeakable tragedy.”

“This was a crime motivated by ignorance, by prejudice, that led to a death that should not have happened.  Trayvon’s only crime was being black and wearing a hoodie in a gated community,” she said.  “It is crucial that the Council adds its voice to the growing national movement calling for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.”

Councilwoman Letitia James says while the hoodie is a simple article of clothing, it “has become a powerful symbol of protest.”

On Wednesday, Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush was reprimanded for wearing a hoodie in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives.

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One Comment

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  2. JGNY says:

    This site and its sister publications are doing everything possible to take the focus off the election and shift the converstaion to racism. In addition, flaming fires and creating hate to sell papers and bring attention, not to actual issues but created ones to push an agenda. The same was done when Occupy Wall Street was the talk of the town. This incident was not racial, but a fabricated racial incident created by the rent a mob and the media. Judgment passed, no trail and hang this guy before one line of defence can be uttered. All this for the benefit of the President and the left. WHY has the black panter party not been arrested along with spike lee? What a sham

  3. Winston Smith says:

    There’s something critically WRONG with this picture! They MAY be “wearing hoodies” but YOU AN SEE THEIR FACE! However Trayon was wearing his – “Gangstas” wear a hoodie to CONCEAL their face!

  4. BF says:

    WHO CARES – Kids are killed everyday. THIS IS NOT A RACE THING>>> GET REAL

  5. LiberalsRDopes says:






  6. ace11 says:

    They ahould put all these gangster people in Jail

  7. The Realist says:

    Under the “Stand Your Ground” law, the mere claim of self-defense constitutes ABSOLUTE PROOF of self-defense and is NOT subject to questioning or investigation.

  8. bill says:

    Nothing but a bunch of jerks with nothing to do. This is nothing but a news grabbing event for the do nothings at city hall.

  9. Joe Schmo says:

    Who names their child “Letitia”.

    Oh, never mind.

  10. tricia says:

    Prostitutes? Political Race Baiting, Vote Seeking Prostitutes!

  11. max says:

    They all look like a bunch of idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Glenn Erdmann says:

      Yes they do.

      1. Hoodies get u in a pine box says:

        I agree these Elected officials are about to be voted out.Enough with the hoodies we do not care he looked like a thug and got handle like one case closed.

  12. NYCsewer says:

    I find it funny the NYC council has never reacted this strong as young black on black murder plague the City.Thank god they are doing us a real public service by letting the animals kill each-other.

  13. jme says:

    coward – why wouldn’t you print my comment

  14. jme says:

    absolutely disgusting – making a hero out of another loser, drug addict who deserved exactly what he got – rot in hell – take your $$$$ hungry mother with you

    1. I'll slap you says:


  15. Mikeybklyn says:

    Arrest Spike Lee for inciting violence in Florida. That poor couple could have been killed.

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