'Million Hoodie March' in NYC for Trayvon Martin; Sanford Rally Tonight
Hundreds marched through the streets of New York City on Wednesday night to protest the death of Sanford teen Trayvon Martin.
Dubbed the Million Hoodie March" by organizers, the circuit began in Manhattans Union Square. The Associated Press reported that Martins father and mother -- Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton -- in town for media interviews, thanked the crowd for its enthusiasm.
Supporters chanted we want arrests! and we are all Trayvon as they marched. Many were clad in hooded sweatshirts symbolic of the clothing the 17-year-old Martin wore when he was killed.
Another rally -- with a crowd expected to number 1,000 or more -- is planned for tonight in Sanford. MSNBC talker Al Sharpton is scheduled to attend.
Sharpton, a self-styled civil-right activist, is infamously known for his role in alleging an assault on a young black woman, Tawana Brawley, in New York in the 1980s. Further investigation determined that the claim was a hoax.
Also Wednesday, the Sanford City Council issued a non-binding vote of "no confidence" in Police Chief Bill Lee, who is under fire for not charging the gunman, George Zimmerman. The Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.
Martin's family said they believe race was a factor in his death. The U.S. Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the case.
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