NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A march took place Wednesday evening in Manhattan calling for justice in the case of an unarmed black teenager, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

The Justice Department and state prosecutors are investigating the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed last month while returning to a gated community in the town Sanford after buying candy at a convenience store.

“This is not a black and white thing – this is about a right or wrong thing,” the victim’s mother, Sabryna Fulton, said at the Union Square rally.

“These people are out here because they know that this could be their brother, it could’ve been their father,” Brianna Seagraves told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Martin, a high school junior, was unarmed and wearing a hoodie at the time. Wednesday’s demonstration was dubbed the “Million Hoodie March.” Many participants wore hooded sweatshirts for the march, which was billed as a demonstration to put an end to racial profiling, 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reported.

Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said he felt honored that New York City would hold a march for his son.

“We ask that we get justice for our son,” Martin told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old neighborhood watch captain, claims he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman has not been charged. The victim’s family believes Martin was “murdered” because of his race.

“Just by him having on a hoodie, being a black teenager,” Tracy Martin said.

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,” Eva Haldane said.

Many of the protesters said they couldn’t understand why Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested.

1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr reports

Martin was walking to his Sanford home late last month when he ran into Zimmerman, who called 911 to report a suspicious person.

Zimmerman: He’s got his hand in his waistband and he’s a black male.
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Zimmerman: Yeah.
Dispatcher: OK, we don’t need you to do that.

Police said he followed the teen anyway. Neighbors reported hearing screams, a cry for help, then a gunshot, Hennessey reported.

“My son was screaming for his life,” Tracy Martin said.

The controversial killing is shining a spotlight on Florida’s stand your ground law, which gives the benefit of the doubt to anyone claiming self defense – no matter where.

“You can’t claim self defense if you’re the aggressor,” the victim’s father said.

Earlier in the week, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division 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

Authorities initially said there wasn’t any evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s claim of self defense, but on Monday, Martin’s friend said she was on the phone with him the night of the shooting, and that Zimmerman was clearly the aggressor.

Zimmerman is now reportedly in hiding.

Comments (73)
  1. 99%'er says:

    I had the best time at this march for the poor boy Trayvon who was shot by a group of white supremisists in the hoods. Actually I don’t care about this shooting I just love to go marching up and down the street like a filthy poo eater

  2. joey fom B'hurst says:

    Martin tweeted under the handle “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA,” an account that was closed shortly after his death.

    Need anybody say more.

    Read more:

  3. Charlie Rangel says:

    Stop your fussing over this little punk kid. He was failing school and had a fresh mouth and got what was coming to him.
    Vote for me again you no sense having hoodie lickers

  4. Williams says:

    Most of the anger and hostility is being created by the Media, even the way they report the facts, “was killed last month while returning to a gated community in the town Sanford after buying candy at a convenience store.”

    Killed “returning” to a gated community after buying candy.

    The fact is he did not live there, and he was not known to the residents in that gated community, it’s alleged he was visiting his fathers girlfriend that lived there. They also had burglaries and trespassers and created a neighborhood watch to protect their property from people that did not belong there, it’s understandable that the neighborhood watch would follow and report to police someone they did not recognize entering their community.

    It’s not being reported how Trayvon acted once discovering he was being followed, how he became agitated and aggressive and then chose to attack an armed resident, instead of reporting these facts the Media adds something like “after buying candy” in an attempt to portray him as an innocent young child and using the most non-threatening childish-like photos they can find to accompany the story.

    The Media needs to report the facts and not inflame this anymore then they have.

  5. artinm says:

    first you must have an investigation,then find out all the facts before you can hang someone in the united states,do not assume he guiltly until we hear all the facts in this case,its always the same racecard play here.

    1. Maxwell says:

      You are exactly right!
      The million-moron-march just shows how ignorant some people really are.

      Turns out the “screaming for his life” caught on the 911 call was actually Zimmerman and not Trayvon Miller, an eye witness saw Trayvon standing over Zimmerman who was laying on the ground with a bloodied face, Zimmerman is report to have bruises and a broken nose.

      Travon’s girlfriend was on the phone with him and heard him say “why you following me man?” When she told him to “run away” Trayvon replied “I ain’t running anywhere” and his phone went off.

      So was Trayvon Miller really the aggressor and assaulted George Zimmerman for following him? Did Zimmerman defend himself after being attacked? That’s what Police are dealing with, facts and eye-witness accounts… Not racist mobs being incited by the Media.

      1. Maxwell says:

        “Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman”
        Friday, 23 Mar 2012

        “The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.”

        Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.

        The witness only wanted to be identified as “John,” and didn’t not want to be shown on camera.

        His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman’s claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.”

  6. Vik says:

    You all don’t know your mouths from your a-holes. Y’all can’t even convict a child killer. Y’all are a bunch of no-good morons down there. All y’all know is a good episode of Deliverance. ‘nuf said.

    1. cityJ says:

      The good ole boy doesn’t know any better. Give Bubba a break LOL

  7. Mobius1ski says:

    Here’s what Sean Hennessey calls a few dozen people

    Bald faced liar

  8. oj says:

    Here’s what Sean Hennessey calls a few dozen people

    Bald faced liar

    1. sharon says:

      This too:

      The reporter lied.

  9. just wondering says:

    If you were alone in a dark alley, late at night and in front of you was a man with a hoodie and his pants hanging off his butt and behind you was a man in a suit, which direction would you run? It’s not racism, it’s logic. Anyone walking around hiding his identity under a hoodie will look like he is up to something. Get real people. If you don’t want trouble, then don’t look dress like you are a troublemaker, plain and simple.

    1. rabble rouser says says:

      what was mr hoodies prior record,no one seems to be mentioning that?

      1. 48buick says:

        it was not a clean record !

    2. The Truth says:

      What if that person in a hoodie was a mother who’s car had broken down and it was cold out so she had her hood on as it was the only clothing she had with her at the time and the person in the suit was a member of organized crime on his way to a night out on the town?

      Get real, the way a person dresses has no bearing on their intent to commit crime.

      1. cityJ says:

        exactly. they use hoodies and sneakers as yet another EXCUSE to kill

      2. joey fom B'hurst says:

        It was a balmy 86 degrees that night in Florida. Why would you be wearing a hoodie?

  10. Vik says:

    Yet another miscarriage of justice in Florida. A jury somehow can’t convict a killer mom and police refuse to arrest a low-life, n’er do well, lonely, but issue-prone jerk with a gun going after a kid minding his business on the sidewalk.. Nice going, Sunshine State. You do America proud! Maybe they should hold the trial for that murderer from Afghanistan who slaughtered innocent women and children. He’ll get 100 community service!!! RIP Trayvon. Hopefully one day soon justice will be served.

  11. Seymour Trooth says:

    Go back to Florida, you have no business here in New York. We have no use for another “Rodney King BS” event to sell newspapers. By the way, it’s very warm outside. If you feel cold and need to bundle up under “hoodies”, make use of your Medicaid and see a doctor.

    1. 48buick says:

      loved this reply ! most of this is all a crock of bs and an excuse to bring up thye race thing !

  12. Wow says:

    My heart breaks for this kid and his family. I’m never one to jump on the bandwagon and right away cry racism, actually, I usually do the opposite, but Zimmerman was clearly a racist over zealous piece of garbage who took matters into his own hands. If he isn’t charged, I can almost guarantee he will be dealt some old fashioned street justice. People like Zimmerman don’t deserve to breathe.. RIP Trayvon

  13. jotex says:

    I would bet that the picture is when the boy was about 12 or 13. I bet he didn`t look like that when he got shot..

    1. cityJ says:

      yes. when he was shot the photo would show him bloody and dead.

    2. Maxwell says:

      I don’t think they’re allowed to release prior arrest photos since he’s a juvenile, But friends that were interviewed say he did serve time in a juvenile detention center.

      1. cityJ says:

        so that means what? death? murder?

  14. crs says:

    Hoodies should be outlawed.

  15. Moshe says:

    This is a non-story that the media is focusing on to take the attention off the awful job the president is doing.

    1. Randall says:

      Oh – and were it one of your unarmed relatives murdered by some paranoid nut-job, I would guess that the AIPAC would have had the suspect’s family house burned to the ground by this time.

      How do you go from an unarmed kid getting killed in cold blood to President Obama? Get a life!

      1. Hoodies are for thieves says:

        A unarmed person can be dangerous.We were not there let the Law handle itself.This million hoodie march was more like the 475 people march.We do not know what happened are you telling me you cannot feel threatened by a un-armed person.The person should not have shot we all know that but what really happened is what we should find out not some witch hunt.

        1. Wow says:

          Yes, an unarmed person CAN be dangerous.. but this was a 17 year old unarmed kid vs. a 26 year old (seemingly obese or at least large) grown man WITH A GUN.. who should have felt threatened in this situation?

          1. Maxwell says:

            We only know this after the fact… but that night Trayvon was a dark figure with a hidden face yelling “why you following me man” clearly agitated and the aggressor, he didn’t know Zimmerman was armed since Florida law does not allow civilians to display or exhibit a weapon so Trayvon would not have known the man that he was about to attack for following him was armed.


    Why is this protest in NYC???

    1. SharptonisaAsswipe says:

      Sharpton did not want to travel to Florida

    2. AsswipeisAlSharpton says:

      Because it CAN happen here now but not when Rudy was king.

  17. FFL says:

    Churchill once said: “When I was twenty if you were not a liberal you had no heart, but when I became forty if you were not a conservative you had no brain!” This still fits… liberals are ruled by emotions ONLY … rational thought is NEVER in the picture-

    1. S. Hawk says:

      That might be a convincing assertion if it was still 1942 and you didn’t have thousands of conservatives on television at all times being visibly emotionally unstable, screaming at each other, and spouting fear-based conspiracy theories every moment of every day. But that’s okay, I forgive your mistake, you obviously haven’t seen a television since 1955. Did you know they’re in color now?

      1. Rather says:

        “visibly emotionally unstable, screaming at each other”

        So You think MSNBC is conservative?

  18. Eli says:

    Wow! That is a racist site.

  19. Rick Moore says:

    Will there be a Million Saggy Pants march next week?

    1. Sid says:

      LOL thats a classic

    2. Thurston Howell III says:

      Yeah, right after the Million Blunt march…

  20. Tyriq says:

    If this were your child, I guess you’d feel the same way.

  21. Glenn Erdmann says:

    Million Hoodlum March ??????????

  22. fishbait_piranha says:

    next time it could be me or you whether or not you stand your ground… when a crazy nut job (with or without a badge) is hunting you or yours… no justice no peace. Million Hoodies Marching Tonight.

    1. OccupyaShower says:

      Will you eventually be using soap?

  23. Sailor Boy says:

    im sho alvin /the chimpmunk/ sharpton will go down to be the grand marshal at the protest,

  24. max says:

    The bottom line is that this kid is dead and his poor family have to live the rest of their lives with the heart ache in loss
    I am sure there is more to the story than we are getting
    The news and papers are biased and I wouldnt believe a word they said.
    Either way it is a tragedy and a shame.
    If justice needs to be served it should be without prejudice or anyone being coerced

  25. Bear Hamilton says:

    Conservatism is a heart disorder. Most conservatives don’t have one.

    1. Bore Hamilton says:

      Take the family in..

    2. Liberals belong in sewers says:

      You are obviously a deranged liberal. Jump off a bridge you moron!

      1. S. Hawk says:

        See? No heart, no brain, no humanity.

  26. ken88 says:

    The guy who shot him is either a mulatto, or latino.

  27. Very conservative says:






    1. Bubba says:

      This has nothing to do with politics.

    2. Randall says:

      Hey super-conservative.
      You probably are pro-life yet you support the death penalty?
      Why don’t you go get your head examined and stop wasting peoples’ time with your blunt stupdity.

  28. niklu says:

    Hey jme,
    He’s a 17 yr old KID buying candy at a convenience store… Unarmed and afraid someone was following him and you don’t see something wrong with this picture?

    1. Doug says:

      Niklu, 17 is not a kid. You need look no further than any newspaper to see how many 17 year-olds are invloved in criminal activity. His age has nothing to do with it. No one here was there to know what happened. People are here making comments based on emotion, racism (anti-white), and ignorance. Wait for the investigation to see what they uncover, if anything new.

      1. niklu says:

        There you go Doug… this guy was no watch group… Just an idiot with a gun who thought he was a cop. Yea… 17 is a kid, now he’s a dead kid

      2. S. Hawk says:

        You need look no further than any newspaper to see how many people named Doug are invloved in criminal activity.

      3. niklu says:

        I think someone let their dog make a number 2 in my apartment. It smells like sulfur and burning garbage in here

  29. paulnadra says:

    This shows you how crazy Fiorida’s “Stand your Ground” law is. Zimmerman shot Martin in cold blood and he was not even charged with a crime.

    1. cityJ says:

      This happens all over the country. Thank God this time the killer has been identified.

  30. Archie says:

    Media sure likes to stir the pot. I think whatever is in that pot doesn’t need anymore.

  31. jakefromspace says:

    Keep it in Florida.

  32. 99%'er says:

    Well I guess I could take some time away from my wall street protest to go join this rediculous march. Its not like I have a job or want one

    1. trolling the trolls says:

      Perhaps your bad spelling is what’s keeping you from gainful employment. Else you wouldn’t have time to troll. Funny someone like you telling an occupier they should get a job. Clearly you don’t have your own self-interest at heart.

    2. lol says:

      I gues yu learnt to spel from hokt on fonics! 🙂

  33. jme says:

    always the race card – get over it already

    1. Chloi M says:

      Maybe you should take the time to read all the facts before you make ignorant comments for the world to see. This was a CLEAR representation of racial profiling you pompous fool.

      1. Very conservative says:

        Liberalism is a mental disorder.

      2. bob forbes says:

        racial profiling by a minority.At least say act like it was a white guy.

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