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Thousands Rally In Indianapolis For Trayvon Martin

Thousands participated in a march showing their disapproval for how the Trayvon Martin case has been handled.

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    Demonstrators called for justice for Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American who was killed while he was walking unarmed in his neighborhood in Florida.

  • Indianapolis demonstrators in hoodies

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    Many who participated in the rally wore hoodies to show how the clothing has become a symbol of racism. Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed.

Thousands of people marched through downtown Indianapolis Monday in memory and support of Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager who was killed in his neighborhood a month ago. The 17-year-old was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month.

Martin was unarmed, and his death has since sparked protests around the country and the state with people calling for the prosecution of his alleged killer. Indianapolis resident Emily Caldwell helped organized the Indianapolis march via Facebook.  She says it was her children that spurred her to action.

“My kids said, ‘Mom, is there something going on?’ And when I looked, I didn’t see anything.  And so they said, ‘Oh, you just going to wait for someone else to do it?’  And they said, ‘Make it happen,’” she says.

Reports surfaced Monday that Martin may have attacked his killer prior to the shooting. But Caldwell says the rally is a show of support that addresses an issue that is larger than any isolated incident.

“My black sons – their lives are valuable too,” she says. “And I’m sick of tired of wondering if they’re going to come home to me when I send them out to play.”

Other demonstrations around the state include one in Bloomington last Saturday and a rally planned in South Bend later this week.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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