Participants in Tampa rally for Trayvon Martin talk about how they would change Florida's gun laws listen03/26/12 Seán Kinane
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An unarmed teenager was killed in Sanford a month ago today, but the shooter has not been arrested; it has set off a national debate about criminal justice and gun laws. On Saturday, about 1,000 people marched through Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to support justice in the case of Trayvon Martin.
Many in the crowd chanted, held signs and wore hooded sweatshirts similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot. The alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, was not charged because he claimed self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” gun law. I asked these participants whether they think Florida’s gun laws need to be changed:
J Redd of Ft. Pierce Maranda Hill of Tampa Ernest Hunter of Odessa Nashon Shannon of St. Petersburg Michelle Williams of Tampa Will Munnerlyn of Clearwater Phyre White of Tampa Deborah Broxton of Tampa Tammy Williams of Tampa Ed Narain of Tampa
They spoke at what was called a “Million Hoodies March” in Tampa on Saturday.
A town hall meeting about the Martin case will be held today at 4 p.m at the Sanford Civic Center.
Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick is hosting a rally Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the 34th Street Church of God to request Florida’s Attorney General and Department of Justice to take action in the Martin case.
On Saturday the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement is hosting a march at 11 a.m. from Uhuru House on 18th Avenue South to City Hall.
Here's a photo gallery from Saturday's rally.