AM 1200 WCHB’s Mason moderated the Justice For Trayvon Martin and Justice For Detroit Youth Rally at Hart Plaza. Detroit 300 members Raphael Johnson and AM 1200 WCHB’s Angelo Henderson spoke to the crowd for a call to action.
From Detroit Free Press – Sporting a black Wilberforce University hoodie and holding a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea, the Rev. Wendell Anthony III stood inside the UAW-Ford building in Detroit Monday afternoon and declared “these are not dangerous weapons.”
Anthony’s words preceded a rally at nearby Hart Plaza where people were expected to gather to show support for the family and demand justice for Trayvon Martin, 17, a black teen shot and killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. He was headed for his father’s fiancé’s house where he was staying.
Today, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Martin punched Zimmerman and then jumped on top of him, slamming Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk. Citing unnamed law-enforcement authorities, the Sentinel says that is the account Zimmerman gave police, and witnesses have corroborated most of it.
Wearing a hoodie, he was unarmed and carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles and can of iced tea.
“The fact that a young man is dead and justice seems to have lifted a blindfold to see who did it is wrong,” Anthony said Monday.
“This incident has caught the attention of the world. We want to stand in solidarity with justice. We as Americans have a duty to stand up when we see an injustice is done.”
By 6:10 p.m. hundreds had already gathered at Hart Plaza for the rally, some wearing hoodies.
Anthony is among a coalition of Detroit civil rights, labor, clergy and community leaders who scheduled the justice and peace rally at Hart Plaza. Joining him Monday was the Rev. Horace Sheffield II, pastor of New Destiny Baptist Church and Midwest Director of National Action Network; the Rev. Charles Williams, pastor of Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble and Wayne County Clerk Kathy Garrett.
Martin’s killing has ignited a nationwide furor against the police department of the Orlando suburb. George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch leader who told police he shot Martin in self-defense, has not been arrested and is claiming self defense.
Police in Sanford maintain that under state law they cannot arrest Zimmerman, who was licensed to carry a concealed weapon, without probable cause.
Florida’s self-defense law, known as Stand Your Ground, grants immunity to people who act to protect themselves if they feel reasonable fear they will be killed or seriously injured.