NAACP Townhall Calls for Justice for Trayvon Martin
UPDATE (3/22/12): Sanford Police Chief BIll Lee temporarily stepped down as head of the Sanford Police Department. Read the statement from President Jealous and Seminole County NAACP President Turner Clayton here.
Hundreds attended a townhall hosted by the Seminole County NAACP on Tuesday, March 20 in Sanford, Florida to discuss the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Martin was visiting his father in Sanford when he was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The unarmed teen was returning from a local 7-Eleven carrying only Skittles and an iced tea at the time of the shooting.
"I am here tonight because Sanford has a problem," NAACP President & CEO Ben Jealous told the crowd at Allen Chapel AME Church. "One time is too many times."
In his message, President Jealous called for the removal of police Chief Bill Lee, whose department has yet to arrest Zimmerman.
On March 20 - one week after the Florida NAACP State Conference issued a letter to the Department of Justice requesting that it investigate the Trayvon Martin case - the Justice Department announced that it an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The FBI and a Seminole County grand jury are also examining the case.
"This is just the beginning of what is taking place," Seminole County NAACP President Turner Clayton said. "We're going to make sure justice prevails."
The Florida NAACP State Conference will be hosting a march and rally on March 31st to call for justice in the Trayvon Martin case.
Watch footage from yesterday's townhall below.