Inglewood town hall meeting on Trayvon Martin draws local activists
As 1,000 protesters outraged at the shooting death of Trayvon Martin marched in Florida’s Goldsboro community Saturday, hundreds gathered on the other side of the country for a town hall meeting in Inglewood to discuss the unarmed teenager’s death.
The meeting, hosted by radio station KJLH-FM, was titled “Black Men Standing Our Ground: Justice for Trayvon Martin.” Speakers included John Mack of the Los Angeles Police Commission, civil rights attorney Connie Rice of the Advancement Project and actress and musician Yolanda Whitaker.
Trayvon, 17, was killed Feb. 26 in Florida by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who said the teenager looked suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense in the shooting and has not been arrested.
Trayvon did not have any weapons and was carrying a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea when he was shot.
One speaker at the town hall meeting, attorney Brian Dunn of the Cochran Firm, told the audience: “The only thing that’s really unusual about this case is the fact that people are finally paying attention to what has been going on for years and years.”
“When we’re starting to talk about Travyon Martin, what we’re seeing is -- not only by your presence here, but by the national outcry -- people are getting tired of this phenomenon, and I think that that cannot be understated because this kind of thing happens all the time,” Dunn said.
“But now I think people are starting to stand up and realize that,” Dunn said, “this is not something that can keep going on.”
-- Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: Protesters rally Sunday in Miami. Credit: Robert Sullivan / European Pressphoto Agency