“Our son is your son,” Trayvon Martin’s mom Sabrina Fulton told a crowd of several hundred gathered in Manhattan’s Union Square on Wednesday evening.
“Our son was not committing a crime, our son is your son and I want you guys to stand up for justice and stand up for what’s right!”
Fulton started her day out at 5am on NBC’s “Today Show” in New York City telling millions of viewers across the country that the man who shot and killed her son needs to be arrested. Fulton went on to make several media appearances throughout the day including an MSNBC interview where we learned that the strong mother we see on television fighting to get justice for her son is still grieving herself.
“He’s a fun-loving guy. He likes to be with his family and his friends,” Fulton said on MSNBC, unable to use the past tense about her boy.
Official estimates of the number of demonstrators that made it out to demonstrations in New York and Miami have not been released but photos show several hundreds if not thousands of supporters.
As the evening’s events ended news good news came. The Sanford city commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday proclaiming they had no confidence in police Chief Bill Lee.
“I’ve never thought the chief was a racist or anything. It’s more of a lack of experience and a lack of leadership,” Commissioner Velma Williams, who advocating for the chief to resign to quell tensions before a rally next week, told the Miami Herald.
Lee became Chief just 10-months ago amidst another racial scandal. Lee took over after the last police chief resigned over his refusal to arrests a fellow cop’s son who beat up a black homeless man.
A Change.org petition started two-weeks ago by Trayvon Martin’s parents is about 1,500 away signatures from one million supporters calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute George Zimmerman.