Students Rally For Trayvon at UF
Monday, March 26th is the one month anniversary of the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin. It sent people into the streets of Gainesville and many other cities around the country.
The anniversary was filled with outrage from UF students saying no one has been arrested for the killing.
"Students For A Democratic Society" organized the rally on Turlington Plaza Monday afternoon. They want people to know and understand that George Zimmerman should be in jail, and Sanford's Police Chief should step down permanently.
"You call it what it is, it is racism and it is injustice," Jahne King, UF student, said to 200 students.
This is how King felt, angry George Zimmerman isn't behind bars.
"He's a murderer, and call it what it is," King said.
King called Neighborhood Watch Volunteer George Zimmerman a murderer after he shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
"Let's not forget George Zimmermans are walking around this campus, George Zimmermans are walking around in our neighborhoods," she said.
King along with two hundred other students and some faculty members spoke at the Justice for Trayvon rally and some showed their support by wearing their hoodies.
"I'm wearing my hood to make a point, of the fact that me wearing anything or looking a certain way shouldn't be an assumption," Diana Moreno, a UF Alum said.
Students from several organizations on campus spoke about Trayvon and some accuse Zimmerman of hiding behind the "Stand Your Ground" law. It allows anyone to use deadly force if that person feels physically threatened.
"As far as this law, it is abiding and abed ding anyone who feels threatened and there's no justification for what happened on February 26th in my mind," Kevin Jenkins, a Ph.D student said.
After wrapping up in the plaza these students marched to the Institute of Black Culture and spoke about how racism has taken different form.
"All these legal protections that say I am just as equal as any other person because of me being a six foot five black man in America ,am I really suspicious," Jenkins asked the students?
About 45 students marched to the FBI office downtown demanding the same things. There will be another march and rally Saturday in Northeast Gainesville.
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