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As part of community solidarity with the nationwide protests about the Trayvon Martin case in Sandford Fla., Eddie Bankston’s organization, People Clergy Community Involvement, brought speakers and concerned residents downtown 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Charles Sherrod Civil Rights Park.
Hoodie-clad, unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer 28-year-old George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman said he was attacked by Martin and shot in self-defense. He was not arrested. The shooting set off nationwide protests calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.
“We believe there was probable cause to arrest him and try him,” said Bankston. “This is just an example of what goes on. There is less of an investigation, less emphasis is placed on it when it is an African-American.”