March 27th, 2012
03:06 AM ET

Parent's of slain Florida teen to appear on Capitol Hill

That George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. Everything else is - from the circumstances, to the motivation - sparking a national debate about race, and coast-to-coast demands for justice.

On Tuesday, lawmakers take up the issue when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on racial profiling and hate crimes. Martin's parents are expected to attend.

Ahead of the hearing, protesters plan to march to the White House demanding a federal investigation. A CNN/ORC International poll has found that nearly three-fourths of Americans - including 67% of whites and 86% of non-whites - believe Zimmerman should be arrested.

From the halls of Capitol Hill to the streets of America's cities, the case has generated widespread outrage - attitudes on display Monday in more than dozen cities, from Atlanta to San Francisco.

Many demonstrators wore hooded sweatshirts and carried Skittles candy - just like Martin had, on the night he was killed.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ CNN:
    The plural of the word "parent" is "parents."
    This headline should read, "Parents of slain Florida teen..."
    You might have written a headline like, "Parent's grief shared by millions," as "parent's" is a possessive form, but that would mean that only one parent is grieving. I'm betting that the grieving parent is the mother.

    March 27, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      You're the best Joey. CNN pandering again... lol surprised it wasn't .... parantses.. they dumbed it down a bit to make it fair for (everyone) to read. I think the editor needs a lesson in ; plural and possessive grammar. 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. NAME

    They waited too long to gather all the potential Witnesses and Evidence. They already decided this case. No-one really wants to testify on behalf of their community as a whole. {If you know what I mean} Especially! Now, that The Black Panther's step up! Everyone should just fall back. And wait to see how they throw this one right out of the courts. {Oh! they did' nt get that far yet}. If they find a guilty verdict that only means one thing. A lot of people will lose their jobs. That's definitely not gonna happen. To them he's just a bag of Skittles....... His name is Trayvon Martin. who fought for{LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUE OF HAPPINESS}. His vision of life swiped away for a bag a skittles and wearing a hoodY. in a neighborhood where they allowed anyone to to make the decision to carry a loaded weapon to shoot to kill.
    I am traumatized.
    Stay Bless

    March 27, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. N Tyler

    To police Louisiana how do know this child was a thug what is a thug? answer me that why blacks always got to be thugs?Somebody tell me why so many young black men and women got a record.I in Seattle it was a march here on Sunday if you only new the raicem here you wouldnt belive it A.S. sorry for your lost of your mother the lord is with you i hope that you would come help James Bible here in Wa state.People this child was not found with weed on him.Nobody want to here that BS this man kill a innocent child stop stop it and send this man to jail and he better get prepared to stand before Jesus innocent blood is on your hands.THOU SHALT NOT KILL you going to jail to hell your is doom and the lawyer you shall be judge to wash your hands now and walk away judgement day is on it way.America people we need to repent and turn back to God because its beginng to be a war zone in our nation.Church get up and go to every state and take back what the devil have stolen.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Are you any relation to Trayvon, troll? Jerk.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. N Tyler

    To the mother and father yea they always want to look in the pass of somebody but god dont look at your pass lift up your hand to heaven and tell your father to take control and stand on his word and dont doubt have faith the lord is going to move in a mightey way.Declare THE LORD WORD EVERDAY GIVE HIM THE GORLY AND PRASIE IN THE MIST OF THIS STORM HE GOING TO PULL AND SEE YOU THROUGH.THIS HAPPEN FOR A REASON SO YOU CAN HELP OTHERS GOD BLESS YOU AND MADE THE HOLY SPIRIT LED AND GUIDE LOVE YOU R.I.P. little guy your name will not go down in vain.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Wolf

      And please, lord, LET THERE BE GRAMMAR!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoJo

    Ahhhh, another day of who started the fight? Who was right? And who was white?

    March 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. JoJo

    Everyone stand up for your civil whites! ..I tawt I taw a wabbit!

    March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. JoJo

    Zimmerman can't be deemed a (black Hispanic) then there could be no marches because this would just be another one of millions of black on black incidents where someone is killed. And that's not news to anybody.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      JoJo and Bubba:

      A match made in heaven...

      Light the Fires!


      March 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bubba™

    The lesson here is to call a spade a spade and what's white is right.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bubba™

    Its "blackmail" lol

    March 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      No! Its black male. 🙂

      March 27, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greek American

    This whole incident is really a tragedy. I don't agree with everyone trying to make it a racial thing, as I would like to believe that Zimmerman was psycho enough to have done this to no matter whoever was wearing a hoodie and walking around that night. I don't agree with others trying to make this about race, which includes Trayvon's dad in an interview I watched last night. He said this would not have happened had Trayvon not been black. This is a tragic story and I hope Florida will do the right thing in the end and arrest Zimmerman.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      "Would not have happened if he wasn't black" that's pure speculation. But needed to continue marches.

      Maybe it would not have happened ifblack

      March 27, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      Would not have happened if black males had not been burglarizing homes in the area either.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lotsapoppa

    Hot damn! I've been wearing a hoodie for years!

    March 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. JoJo

    Its ok for us to rob you, but don't shoot us, that's not fair.

    March 27, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ N Tyler:
    "what is a thug?"
    It's the same as the price of the yacht.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      And the King is in his castle....

      Under his Parasol...

      with his Jesters!


      Gotta love the irony!

      March 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lotsapoppa

    Didn't Roland Martin write Love-In?

    March 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • kilsumpthin


      March 28, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. john

    Finally. CNN is reporting that C.L. Bryant, former leader of the NAACP, is speaking out against Jackson and Sharpton. Calling them race batters, using this boy like, "vultures" to further a political agenda. Bryant wonders why there have been no protests over the thousands of black on black crimes, including the shooting of a six year old girl, caught in crossfire of gang violence.

    I commend him for standing up and telling the truth.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Al Sharpton

      We don't want the truth. Just a good photo op, and some donations. Its a great opportunity for a national fund raising campaign. Cuz I need to pay tax evasion bill I got. And get my limo registered so I don't have to take a cab to the airport again.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Every_day_outcry


      You nailed it. These radicals are exciting race baiting. This is just a lead up to our national election in November.

      BHO, Al S, Jessie J. all want an American Spring. Riots.

      And CNN is helping this by mis representing the facts of this issue in Florida.

      We are on the forefront of a human crisis and our liberities to protect ourselves from thugs and gang bangers.

      March 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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