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. Robert

    Poor excuse for parents , Trayvon was gone for 2 days and they did not have an idea till the police found the mother, they are guilty of having an almost 18 year old suspended for drugs, burgalry tools, assaulting a bus driver, carring women jewelry he stole.
    He did not work, do the parents work or are on welfare. Trayvon future was in prision, he was unlucky to have been born to this poor excuse for parents that now they want to make money even with a dead son name.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
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