NYC Council honors Trayvon Martin with hoodies, resolution
More than a dozen City Council members slipped on hooded sweatshirts and held up Skittles and iced tea -- symbols of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- as they gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday in tribute.
Members later passed a resolution supporting Martin, condemning Florida authorities for what they call an "inadequate" investigation and demanding an examination of "stand your ground" laws nationwide.
"I hope it sends an immediately clear message to all the authorities in Florida that what happened on Feb. 26 is outrageous," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn, wearing a hoodie.
Martin, a black 17-year-old, was unarmed when he walked through a gated community in Sanford, Fla., and was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. He said he mistook Martin, who was coming from a convenience store in a hoodie, for a burglar.
Zimmerman told police the teen attacked him first and fired in self-defense. Reports this week said police had insufficient evidence to file manslaughter charges, although an investigation continues.
Council members on Wednesday also spoke about ending racial profiling and curbing stop-and-frisk tactics used by the NYPD.
"There is nothing about me in this hoodie that's suspicious," said Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene).
Another New York City rally for Martin is planned at Union Square on April 10, when the case will go to a Florida grand jury.
City lawmakers weren't the only ones to don hoodies Wednesday. On Capitol Hill, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) wore a hoodie on the House floor while speaking about racial profiling, but was cut off because he violated a dress code.