Marchers rally in St. Pete for Trayvon Martin

11:03 PM, Mar 31, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Across the campus of USF St. Petersburg and through the streets of downtown, dozens of people marched in solidarity with, and support for, the family of Trayvon Martin.

Their unified voices chanted, "We are Trayvon Martin" and "We want justice for Trayvon Martin."

Young, old, black, and white particpated in the march. Some donned hoodies. Others wore t-shirts with personal messages, or images of the slain teenager.

All of it was to show committment to social justice, says demonstrator Anne McKenzie.

Today's march was organized by the National Christian League of Councils. A spokesperson called the absence of criminal charges against Martin's killer, George Zimmerman "outrageous," even a "cover-up."

Although Governor Rick Scott has appointed a special prosecutor to the case, demonstrators say they want more from their political leaders and a thorough re-examination of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

"Does it need a review? Does it need to be critiqued? Does it need to be repealed?" asked Goliath Davis, a former St. Petersburg police chief and community activist.

Sevell Brown, one of the march's organizers, said it was time for Gov. Scott to set the tone. "Do something. Stop being reactive. Be proactive. Stop following and start leading."

Despite recent calls for an escalation in the civil disobedience, today's demonstration was peaceful. But participants warn if progress in the case isn't made soon, that could change. "Because the longer it goes," said Davis, "the hotter people and their tempers and everything else might get." 

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