TAMPA, Fla. - As more details unfold in the shooting death of Sanford teen Trayvon Martin, rallies demanding an arrest in his murder are popping up across the nation, and over the next few days, demonstrations will be held in the Tampa Bay area.
George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old self-appointed neighborhood watchman, admitted to shooting 17-year-old Martin just a few feet from the teen’s father’s home on February 26.
Eyewitnesses report to police that they heard a scuffle, the teen’s a cry for help, and then a gunshot.
After nearly a month, no arrests were made, and Zimmerman walked free after being interviewed and claiming self defense under the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Now family, friends and activists are seeking justice.
At 5pm, WiLD 94.1 will be stopping the music and having an open forum regarding the Trayvon Martin situation. Tune in to WiLD 94.1 FM. Join the Program Director and Morning Show Host; Felix Vega, State Attorney for Tampa & Legal Analyst for Fox 13; Orlando will be moderating the forum with Afternoon Drive Host, Alli "That Girl." Included in the roundtable discussion will be in studio guests Dr. Catherine McKay, Clinical Psychologist/Professor-University South FL; Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times Reporter; Attorney John Morgan, Attorney At Law - Morgan & Morgan and Dr. Stacey Schlenker, Clinical Psychologist.
Participate by calling 727.578.9941 or texting to 38909. Listeners will also have the opportunity to view the Forum Live through the WiLD 94.1 website: http://wild941.com/live
On Saturday, March 24, a local group will hold a rally in honor of 17-year-old Martin, and the public is being asked to wear hoodies.
That article of clothing is what the victim was wearing when Zimmerman described Martin as suspicious to law enforcement prior to the shooting.
The rally, organized by Real Talk: Real Answers, is a replica of the Million Hoodie march led by Rev. Al Sharpton in New York, according to a press release.
The rally will take place at Al Lopez Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There will be a short address prior to marching toward the corner of Dale Mabry and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd at 11:00 a.m.
On March 27, Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick will hold a rally at the 34 th Street Church of God and he’s asking the public to join him in requesting the Florida Attorney General and Department of Justice take action in this case.
The church is located at 3000 N. 34th Street and the rally is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 31:
The Tampa chapter of NAACP is sponsoring buses to a NAACP March in Sanford from 11 am - 2pm.
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George Zimmerman asked a judge on Monday to change the terms of his bond so he can have contact with the girlfriend he's accused of assaulting. He says his girlfriend wants charges against him dropped.