SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of Sanford residents and protesters from around the country attended a rally for a black teen fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.
The rally was initially planned for a 400-seat church. But Thursday evening’s two-hour rally for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was moved to Fort Mellon Park in downtown Sanford to make room for all the people expected to attend.
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd that he wants to see Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, in court with handcuffs behind his back.
Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and has not been arrested. The case is being reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office.