LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Civil rights activists in L.A. held a rally Monday, adding their voices to the nationwide calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida Teen Trayvon Martin.
In the heated really, protestors said that they were determined to keep Martin’s name in the news, as they marched to the steps of City Hall. They donned hoodies, like the one that Martin wore on the night he was fatally shot.
Martin, who was unarmed, was shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Hundreds of protestors took part in what organizers called “the million hoodie march” to as call for justice for Martin.
The protestors carried a box that was filled with hundreds of letters for city leaders, calling for action.
“I feel so upset, so moved, so angry, so hurt, so disappointed, and I wrote in my letter that we deserve better,” one of the protesters said from a podium to the crowd in Pershing Square.
Many of the civil rights activists made it clear that they wanted to see Zimmerman behind bars.
“I think he should have justice. I think he should have his day in court and I think that he should be treated like everybody else is treated,” said Pamela Williams.
“It not just that we are all Trayvon Martin, but Trayvon Martin is now part of us, because a boy died, but a movement was born,” another protestor said from the podium.
Protestors had mixed feelings about Monday’s decision by a special prosecutor not to use a grand jury in the case.
“I don’t think it’s fair that the prosecuting attorney is not going to use a grand jury. I feel that there should be one in this case,” a protestor said.
“I’m really hopeful that that decision is going to be very favorable for a majority of people who want George Zimmerman arrested,” said Zsanae Davis.
Many said the rally was not just about Martin’s case, but rather about anyone suffering from injustice.
“It seems like there is really only one class, one demographic that is here. But I think it is a human issue and everyone should be here,” a protestor said.
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