A "Million Hoodie March" has drawn around 1,000 people in New York in a show of support for Trayvon Martin, 17, who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot dead in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Meanwhile, Florida politicians and civil rights leaders joined calls for the firing of the police chief, as new details emerged on Wednesday about police handling of the investigation, according to iOL News.
"The reality is that people in this community have lost faith in the police chief's ability to keep their children safe," Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP], told Reuters.
Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told CNN: "Not only would I like to see it happen, but I'm joining with them to make sure it happens."
Speaking in the US House of Representatives, Florida congresswoman Corrine Brown criticized the police investigation of the shooter, George Zimmerman, who remains free almost a month after gunning down Martin outside a gated community in Sanford, near Orlando.
"No drug tests. No alcohol tests. No lie detector tests. It's just his word that he felt threatened, so therefore he shot to kill. That is unacceptable," said Brown, also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Trayvon was unarmed and walking to his father's house after buying a drink and some snacks at a local store.
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A 911 tape reveals Zimmerman, 28, called police before shooting the teen. "This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's sort of walking around, looking about," he is heard telling police.
Zimmerman, who is Hispanic and who police later said was licensed to carry a gun, was told not to follow Trayvon, but he ignored that advice.
A short time later a woman in the neighborhood also called 911 to report she heard someone yelling "help" and that she heard gunshots.
Trayvon's grieving parents joined the march in memory of their son, saying they would keep fighting for justice for their son, the Associated Press reported.
"My son did not deserve to die," his father Tracy Martin said.
Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, told the crowd: "My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference."
She continued: "I just hurt, and my heart hurts, because this guy has not been arrested. I just feel like the Sanford police department decided to be the judge and jury, and I just want this guy arrested and so he can be brought to justice."
Protesters wore hoodies to show that a black person in a hoodie was not automatically "suspicious," and demanded an end to racial profiling.
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