“[Chicago] Protest calls for Trayvon Martin case prosecution” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on March 26, 2012

Ryan Haggerty — March 24, 2012: “For a second straight day, hundreds of people rallied in the Loop Saturday, among several protests across the country to show support for the family of Trayvon Martin and to demand that the man who shot and killed the unarmed teen in Florida be prosecuted.

Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, was killed Feb. 26 while walking in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer born to a Peruvian mother and a white father.

Police decided not to charge Zimmerman after he said he fired in self-defense, prompting a racially fueled uproar and forcing Sanford’s police chief to temporarily step down last week.

Zimmerman, 28, has been in hiding since shortly after the shooting.

On Saturday, members of the New Black Panther Party said during a rally in Sanford that they are offering a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman’s capture.

In Chicago, many of those in a racially mixed crowd that gathered in Daley Plaza had a far more measured response to the shooting, saying that they were angry about Martin’s death but hoped the national attention would lead to a wider discussion about race and justice in America………………”

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