Hempstead To Hold Rally In Support Of Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials in one Long Island community are planning a rally in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager killed last month by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

Many have called for the arrest of the shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, saying the man would have been arrested had he been black and the victim white.

Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense after Martin pursued and attacked him. Zimmerman has not been charged.

Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall, members of the village board of trustees and a local county legislator are expected to attend Saturday’s 1 p.m. rally in the parking lot outside Hempstead Village Hall.

Many of the speakers and attendees are expected to wear hooded sweat shirts to protest what they describe as racial stereotypes that have been used to justify the shooting.

On Wednesday, members of the New York City council gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, with hoods up. They also carried bags of Skittles and cans of iced tea, as the unarmed 17-year-old was when he was shot dead.

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

Last 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.

Martin was walking to his Sanford home on Feb. 26 when he ran into Zimmerman, who called 911 to report a suspicious person.

“This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher from his sport utility vehicle. He added that the teen had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes.

A dispatcher told Zimmerman to stay in his sport utility vehicle and that an officer would be there momentarily. Zimmerman, for unknown reasons, got out.

Zimmerman told police he lost sight of the teenager and was walking back to his sport utility vehicle when he was attacked. He and Martin fought, according to witnesses. Zimmerman said Martin punched him in the nose and slammed his head against the ground.

At some point, Zimmerman pulled a gun and shot Martin.

Police said Zimmerman was bleeding from his nose and the back of his head. He told police he had yelled out for help before he shot Martin.

The victim’s family believes Martin was “murdered” because of his race.

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  1. Will Leo says:

    Hempstead is full of local politics. The funny part is they can’t even mangage to control their OWN children. The children of Hempstead run the streets like wild animals with no father or mother to be seen. It is a disgrace.

  2. jimmy says:

    I think NY should stay out of it. Let Florida and Federal Officials find out what happened and act accordingly.

  3. Martin was a punk says:

    These are the same people who kill each other over a pair of sneakers.animals

    1. MIKE says:

      just like your sleezy mom….wow popped my d i c————-k————-in her mouth!

      1. MikesaDope says:

        Shouldn’t you be flippin burgers about now, Mikey?

      2. Whiff Ma Tookus says:

        You tell em’ Mike, make em’ smell your ass! Wanna smell mine? It has healing properties you know!

  4. lynn taylor says:

    Dirt bags unite!

  5. PETE says:

    This is a story the News will not miss. Therefore all comments are carefully checked out by them and not published when not in their favor. It just happened with my comment a few minutes ago. Shame on You!!

  6. PETE says:

    We are talking now about REVERSE RACISM. Considered innocent before found guilty does not go for White People anymore. Zimmermann probably had his reasons, and we have not heard the whole story yet. What was the boy doing in a gated community, what is his criminal background, etc? The news media does not really care about the dead boy, it cares about the money such News will bring. The politicians also do not care about what really happened, as long as they see their pictures in the News.

  7. pete says:

    We are talking now about REVERSE RACISM. Considered innocent before found guilty does not go for White People anymore. Zimmermann probably had his reasons, and we have not heard the whole story yet. What was the Hoody doing in a gated community, what is his criminal background, etc? The news media does not really care about the dead boy, it cares about the money such News will bring. The politicians also do not care about what really happened, as long as they see their pictures in the News.

  8. Drop Hoods says:

    Officials in Hempstead should worry more about keeping their own citizens in line.

  9. Drop Hoods says:

    How Ironic, right now a group of Hempstead/Uniondale teenage hoodies, African american teens with the hoods on, in a pack of 7 wolves, are on a robbery spree of white kids in a nearby private school.

    1. sk says:

      good point! where is a rally to fight against that?!

    2. sk says:

      thats a good point! where is there a rally to fight aginst that?!

  10. Sojourner Truth says:

    CBS News is still adding to the mainstream media’s glaring lack of credibility regarding this story. Still running years-old pictures of Martin when recent ones are freely available. Still playing up the white racism lie by never referring to the shooter as Hispanic or Latino. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before CBS joins the other major media outlets by referring to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.” Probably the first time in journalism history that an identifiable individual was given this awkward ethnic label.

    1. Leslie says:

      of course, because the racist media labeled him white by seeing only the last name. After than, what else can they do. They need to create something to back up their huge racist mistake.

  11. Elsie Kay says:

    WE better do our homework on this one.. Anything Sharpass is involved in kinda starts to stink after a while. The news and politicians are using it, if the PD didn’t arrest, one should look for more. My bet, just another fundraser for the hate groups…. but who knows…

    1. MikesaDope says:

      Liberalism is a mental disorder

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