March 21st, 2012
04:03 AM ET

Outrage, protests grow over shooting of unarmed Florida teen

Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teen rippled nationwide as supporters planned more protests Wednesday and a petition demanding the shooter's arrest amassed nearly 1 million signatures.
Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on February 26 while walking to the house of his father's fiancee in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he killed the teen in self defense.
Nearly 750,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding Zimmerman's arrest, making it one of the website's largest campaigns.
On Wednesday, supporters will gather in New York City for a "Million Hoodie March," a reference to the attire the 17-year-old was wearing when he was shot.
"A black person in a hoodie isn't automatically suspicious. Let's put an end to racial profiling," the protest page said.
Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the killing of the black teenager. A police report describes him as a white male, but his family says he is Hispanic.

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Filed under: Florida • Justice • Trayvon Martin • U.S.
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. john o

    I find it interesting, that from what I've been able to gather, there have been over 400 black on latino murders since Mr. Obama took office, and never once has he felt compelled to have the federal government investigate whether any of these victims civil rights were violated, much less prosecuted.
    This is a state case, and state laws apply. Trying to bring the department of Justice in, just because Mr Obama doesn't like the Florida "stand your ground" laws that would apply, or because of the races of the victim/shooter seems patently unfair. If the races were reversed, would we be hearing about this at the national level at all?

    March 21, 2012 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      No

      March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    And i find only an idiot would blame Obama for this mess in florida! The man that shot that child is solely responsible and needs to be arrested, jailed, tried and convicted. As for you, there must be a tea party blog somewhere that you can hate on Obama!

    March 21, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • CURTIS BECK

      UNLESS YOU WERE THERE YOU DO NOT KNOW THE DETAILS LET FLORIDA TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURS

      March 21, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bansay©

      She was saying OBAMA isn't responsible, and your cap locks key is stuck.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. ron

    @ chrissy, second that emotion!! Heading over to Change.org right now to sign my name.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lol @ ron, ty and hurry the list is filling up. 🙂

    March 21, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. AMERICA 1st

    I bet cnn is gonna run this kid getn killed story into the ground like it did with houston when it croaked. The kids dead, it aint gonna bring the kid back. Move on to other more important issues!

    March 21, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bansay©

      Shut up.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    The one armed man did it

    March 21, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    johnnyo: it is 6:10 in the morning, and I've already nominated you for dumbest anti-Obama comment of the day. Biggest stretch of the "Let's Blame Obama" yet.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lmao and 2nd runner up would be AMERICA lst. Who we know is in very short supply of compassion/ and or good common sense!

    March 21, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Oscar

    I no nothing about blaming Obama, the fact is Trayvon is dead because of this man Zimmerman. I feel, from all I have read that he was in fact, chasing down this child and executed him. Arrest him already,when did police stop arresting people who shoot others. I am baffled.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    So am i oscar! If it were a white child and a black fool with a gun woulda been a done deal immediately!

    March 21, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Portland tony

    "Stand your ground" citizens. Remember the 1st Amendment rights you have.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • bansay©

      You know who is being lost in all this?
      The poor kid gunned down for no reason.
      Yeah, I said it: no reason.

      People, in their quest to be right on each and every thing they comment on, have lost their sense of empathy and humanity.
      It's getting worse.

      Self defense, my ass.
      What, he was going to be bombarded by a candy that bears the slogan, "Taste The Rainbow?"

      My sympathy is with the family of this slain boy.

      I have none for the shooter, for he was never in danger, and sought what he got; a dead black child.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I think that there are some known elements of this event that are intentionally being withheld from the public for legal reasons.
    The media's story to which we are reacting is outrageous: a white man saw an unarmed 16-year-old black youth, chased him down, and shot him dead while he screamed for help. Then the police refused to arrest the white man. Because of a Southern state's refusal to arrest a white man who killed an unarmed black youth for no reason, the federal government may have to intervene to bring justice to Florida.
    There must be more facts here that we don't know, because the story being presented would clearly warrant an arrest.
    Perhaps the only factor preventing the arrest is the white man's being a member of a neighbourhood watch program, in which case that exceptional factor will resolve itself in time.
    I think that we will learn much more about this event in time.
    Meanwhile, the political implications are powerful in an election year.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I too think there is more to this case than what we've heard so far. It reminds me of the NY subway shooting in 1984. Goetz was demonized for several years, but eventually the facts came out. There was certainly more to that case than we were initially led to believe.

      Yes, I know that was different, Goetz was outnumbered and was being shaken down for money by gang kids. But one common element is guns. Goetz should not have had a gun on the subway, and Zimmerman should not have been walking around in public with a gun. If a regular civilian is not properly trained, they are more prone to over-react, and if that civilian has a gun, the over-reaction can be fatal.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    Incidentally, the ethnic ("racial-profiling") situation being presented here is not completely candid.
    Where I live, in New York, NY, the hatred between African-American and Latino groups is strong and openly expressed in private. To describe Mr. Zimmerman only as "white" changes the element of prejudice to an entirely different playing field that is not as often explored as the post-1865 tension.
    While the most evolved strata of society transcend cultural customs, many USA citizens define themselves, their successes, and their failures almost exclusively by their ethnicity.
    Complete reporting would be helpful here.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ CUSTIS, bite me! My opinion is every bit as valid as yours! And it doesnt take a rocket scientist 2 see that over zealous wannabe cop wasnt threatened by a bag of skittles. & he was TOLD 2 stop following him. @ Joey, no mention of latinos in the story!

    March 21, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      @ chrissy:
      Do you want to play word games, or correct my reading?
      "...but his family says (Zimmerman) is Hispanic." That's the last line of this article.
      Chrissy, I agree only that the copy did not read "Latino."
      I use two words, Latino and Hispanic for persons of Spanish origin born "over here" and lacking the elegant lisp of those imported from, or most strongly influenced by, the reserved country of Spain itself.
      That's the way I talk. I don't have time for a day of "Webster says."

      March 21, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Why does it have to be "black child"? Why can't it just be *child*? Hmmm? Why did it have to be "Afro"-American? Why couldn't it just have been *American*? Why did you insist on "Chicano" Mr. "Spanish"-American? And what's with your persnickety "Latino"-American? American just isn't good enough for ya? You can't just be a person? You have to be and you have to be referred to using a specific color designation before you know who we are?

    March 21, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
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