Thousands of protesters walked the streets of Downtown Sanford Monday afternoon. Many say they're not letting up until George Zimmerman is arrested in the Trayvon Martin case.
SANFORD, Fla. - From Maryland to Miami, thousands of protestors walked the streets of Downtown Sanford Monday afternoon. Many say they're not letting up until George Zimmerman is arrested in the Trayvon Martin case.
They marched from First United Methodist Church over to the Civic Center in Sanford chanting, "No justice. No peace." Many wore hoodies, while others walked with signs held high.
Many of the protestors say they had one mission in mind and that was to let Sanford's city commissioners know they are not happy with the way the Sanford Police Department has handled the case of Trayvon Martin.
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One father from Maryland brought his entire family to the town hall meeting. James Franklin, Jr. says he's concerned about the safety of his 15 and 17-year-old sons. He says he came to support the Martin family.
Inside the civic center during the town hall-style meeting, there were some strong words for commissioners. Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton told commissioners, "Sanford is a beautiful city. It's on the side of the water, has great potential for tourism. You are risking going down as the Birmingham in Selma of the 21st Century."
With tears in her eyes, Trayvon's mother, Sabryna Fulton, told the commissioners, "My heart is broken. That's first and first most. That was my baby and I just want to appeal to you all if you have kids. If you have children and if something happens to your children, you want to know what happened."
Fulton added, "As a parent, you want some answers to your questions. As a parent. So I'm not asking for anything, any extra favors. I'm just asking for what you'd ask for as a parent."
Outside the civic center, Trayvon's family from Miami weighed in on the release of new information on why Trayvon was in Sanford in the first place. On Monday, 10 News learned he'd been suspended from his school back in Miami last month for having a baggie that contained marijuana residue in his book bag.
Darius Davis is Trayvon's cousin. He was at the rally with several other family members and says, "The family was very disgusted because it's really about finding out why Trayvon was shot in the chest. It's not about why he was suspended from school."
Martin's family maintains that incident had nothing to do with his death.
Megan Lubin with Change.org says, "It's all because of Sabryna Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, who have been leading this campaign and have been pushing the petition and making sure that everyone knows about their campaign. I mean, it's sites like Change.org, Twitter, and Facebook that are allowing people to connect with the story in a way that they just couldn't have done ten years ago."
On Monday, two million people had signed a petition calling for George Zimmerman's arrest.
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