SF Group Joins National Protests Over Trayvon Martin Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A few dozen people gathered outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice Monday afternoon to protest the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida last month.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed a month ago today, Feb. 26, in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, who has admitted to shooting Martin but said it was in self-defense.

The case has sparked outrage and racial tensions nationwide.

Martin was black while Zimmerman, who has not been arrested, is Hispanic.

The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is currently assisting state and local prosecutors in investigating the case and will determine whether the shooting constitutes a civil rights crime.

People at Monday’s protest in San Francisco, organized by the local nonprofit arts organization POOR Magazine, called for Florida authorities to arrest Zimmerman.

“This murderer has not been charged with anything,” said Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia from POOR Magazine.

Gray-Garcia said though that “this is not just about Trayvon Martin” and mentioned local black youth who have been killed in controversial cases recently, including Oscar Grant III, who was fatally shot by a BART police officer on Jan. 1, 2009.

Mesha Monge-Irizarry, whose son Idriss Stelley was fatally shot by San Francisco police in 2001, said “We’re tired of saying ‘no more stolen lives,’” and said “now it’s time for action.”

Gray-Garcia said the San Francisco Hall of Justice site was chosen for the protest because “it’s representative of police culture across the U.S. that still has not charged this killer with anything.”

Monday’s protest is in solidarity with other rallies and marches nationwide, including one planned for 5:30 p.m. outside Oakland City Hall that is being organized by the Imani Youth Council from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Oakland branch.

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  • http://joubaur.wordpress.com joubaur

    Look at all the haters trying to make this a racial crime when it’s not.
    God, you people sure are prejudiced!

  • d

    Why don’t they show a current photo of what this thug looked like when he was shot. In that picture he looks about 12 years old, nothing like tying to burn the white man because of the inadquate black society. Blame your shortcomings on yourself not others.

  • E. Bonics

    you gots it all wrong! They kilted him with a gun! The child was minding his own bizness when the white dude gots all up in his face for no nuthin. Why you gots to be like that and hate’n? He aint done nuthin wrong and the man just kilted him. With a gun. Like “pow-pow-pow!” U know?

  • solid citizen

    A good day for a walk I guess
    Did Trayvon actually pay for the Skittles? .. what does the convenience store security camera show? If he actually paid for the merchandise, it would be a good example for the flash mobs that periodically descend on small businesses

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

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