Clip of the Day: Students Rally for Trayvon Martin

Justice sought for shooting death by neighborhood vigilante.
Mar 19, 2012· 0 MIN READ
Originally from Baltimore, Oliver lives and writes on a quiet, tree-lined street in Brooklyn.

Protests over the tragic killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, are getting louder. On February 26, Martin was visiting his father and stepbrother when he was reported by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, as walking around suspiciously. Despite orders by the 911 dispatcher not to take matters into his own hands, Zimmerman followed the teen—who was around 80 pounds lighter than the vigilante and armed with only an iced tea and Skittles. After a brief scuffle, all accounts agree that Zimmerman shot Martin point blank in the chest.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman has remained free since the shooting. He has claimed he was acting in self-defense. However, the tapes released Zimmerman's 911 calls prior to the shooting have compelled college students to rally in front of the Seminole County criminal courthouse in Sanford, as well as on the campus of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, to call for Zimmerman's arrest. As protester Ese Ighedosa said to the Chicago Tribune: "We want justice served. The 911 tapes, they show murder."