City Council to wear hoodies in tribute Trayvon Martin at meeting
At least 13 City Council members plan to wear hoodies and carry Skittles and iced tea at a meeting Wednesday in support of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, whose death has touched a nerve with New Yorkers and led to demonstrations against racial profiling.
Council members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Letitia James said they're organizing a hoodie movement and introducing a resolution as a "call to justice" for Martin, whose parents attended a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., Tuesday.
"It's a strong message that this is an appalling case and it speaks to the lack of justice," said Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem).
For New Yorkers, she added, the case is a reminder of past racially tinged shootings in the city and the need for continued discussions about gun laws and profiling.
Martin, 17, was fatally shot on Feb. 26 after passing through a gated community in Sanford, Fla., patrolled by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. The 28-year-old, identified as a white Hispanic, said he mistook Martin for a burglar.
Zimmerman told police that he shot the teen in self-defense.
Since the case has received national attention, Zimmerman has since gone into hiding after receiving death threats.
Police were initially pursuing manslaughter charges, but lacked sufficient evidence, ABC News reported Tuesday.
On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers talked about ways to prevent another shooting through federal legislation.