The story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed in Florida last month by a member of a community watch group, has resonated with people around the country. It prompted a protest in New York City Wednesday, and another solidarity demonstration is planned for Saturday here in D.C.
There was a sense of outrage during a demonstration in New York City's Union Square, as more than a thousand protesters condemned the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old. Protesters were wearing hoodies and chanting 'Trayvon Martin is my son.'
Martin's parents were at the rally, and plan to meet with justice department officials later today. Washington, D.C. supporters will be holding their rally near Freedom Plaza Saturday at 2 p.m.
Protest organizers are asking participants to wear all black or a hoodie, which was what Martin was wearing when he was shot to death as he walked home from a convenience store.
Police did not arrest or charge the shooter because he claimed self-defense, even though Martin was not armed. Witnesses and surveillance tapes are contradicting the shooter's claim.
Correction: The original version of this story misstated the date when Trayvon Martin was killed. Martin was killed Feb. 26.