As many as 500 San Diegans rallied in Balboa Park seeking justice for murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martine, shot just one month ago. Protesters then marched to downtown San Diego and held another rally at the Court house. ”No justice! No peace!” was one of the loudest chants as the crowd moved through the streets. After the rally at the courthouse steps, candles were lit to continue the vigil.
Monday’s event was the second protest in San Diego in memory of Trayvon. One woman at the San Diego rally said, “This is our Emmet Till”. Till was a young African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till’s murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
Protests, rallies, and marches were held across the country as the shooting with racial overtones reverberated coast to coast, including Los Angeles.
Here is the NBC San Diego report:
Hundreds of San Diegans gathered at Balboa Park Monday evening to march for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old teenager who was killed in Florida last month by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who claims he acted in self-defense.
Martin’s controversial killing has garnered widespread national attention, with people marching in rallies across the country in honor of the teen.
In San Diego, approximately 500 demonstrators protested Martin’s death by marching together from Balboa Park to the Hall of Justice.
The marchers were riled up, chanting and cheering as they listened to speakers talk about injustice and the life of young Martin.
NBCSanDiego’s Brandi Powell spoke to demonstrators who said they were angry that young African American men are still being profiled. A 10-year-old boy at the rally expressed fear, saying the killing scares him because if it can happen to Martin, it could happen to him too.
Adults at the march expressed their condolences to Martin’s parents, calling the killing “unjustifiable.” Some also said they expected negative news to come out about the teen, such as the Associated Press report on Monday about how Martin was suspended from school when traces of marijuana were found in an empty plastic bag in his backpack.
After the group marched to the Hall of Justice, there were more speeches and the crowd held a candlelight vigil for the teen.