Death Of Trayvon Martin Strikes Chord In Chicago

UPDATED 03/26/12 8:33 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin last month in Florida, at the hands of a member of the local neighborhood watch, has been sparking outrage across the nation, including Chicago, where protesters and public officials spoke out about the shooting over the weekend.

Martin, who was unarmed, was killed in Sanford, Fla., last month by community watch representative George Zimmerman, who has claimed he acted in self-defense. Monday marks the one-month anniversary of the incident.

No charges have been approved in the death of the teen.

At St. Sabina Church on Sunday morning, the Rev. Michael Pfleger led a group of youth in hoodies in a call and response chant.

“I am, Trayvon Martin,” they said.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Jesse Jackson preached at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Fla., on Sunday.

“How do we go from a moment to a movement that creates fundamental change?” he said.

Meanwhile, the shooting has placed increased scrutiny on Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” self-defense law, which was passed in 2005 and permits residents to use deadly force if they “reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

The chief sponsor of that law has said it does not apply to Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said changes are needed in attitude and the law to prevent another shooting of the type that left Trayvon dead.

At an unrelated event on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus Saturday, Durbin said he has seen no justification for the shooting.

“The only weapon he was carrying was a bag of Skittles,” Durbin said. “The only thing that he could have done to raise suspicions was walk black.”

Chicago attorney Lewis Myers Jr. said a murder or manslaughter charge seems to be warranted in the case.

“It sounds like it. I mean you know it sounds like it to me, and unfortunately, bad judgment sometimes carries with it severe punishment,” Myers said.

Meantime, some in Chicago’s African American community are asking a question: in light of the protests over Trayvon’s death: where is same level of outrage over the killings of other black teenagers, murders often committed by their peers?

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Earlier this weekend, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley was at the latest demonstration in Chicago, where protestors compared Trayvon Martin to a black Chicago teenager murdered in the south 57 years ago.

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the Loop on Saturday, demanding justice for Trayvon. They rallied at Daley Plaza, protesting the killing, and lack of police action, in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

“He’s an African American young man, that’s walking around in a hoodie, that has Skittles and an iced tea. That’s my son every single day,” protester Denota Rawls said.

Protesters in Chicago drew parallels to the murder of black Chicago teen Emmett Till 57 years ago.

“What happened to Emmett Till was the enforcement, by some local vigilantes, who were supporting the unwritten laws of Jim Crow,” Occupy Chicago activist Anton Ford said.

In 1955, Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, when he was accused of whistling at a white woman. He was abducted him from his home. His mutilated, beaten body was later discovered in a river.

Till’s cousin, Airicka Gordon-Taylor, said when she heard about Trayvon Martin’s death, the parallels to the Emmett Till case stood out immediately.

“Both were egregious acts of violence towards two young boys, two young black boys that did not deserve to die and have that fate,” she said.

Till’s mother displayed his beaten body in an open casket, triggering the outrage of a nation.

“We’ve come a long way, but we still have a very long way to go,” Gordon-Taylor said.

Trayvon’s parents have endorsed the nationwide protests, calling them the only thing preventing authorities from sweeping the case under the rug.

Others in the African-American community are upset for another reason. They believe the same attention and outrage is missing when other black kids are killed; many right here in Chicago, often by their own peers.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports activists listed off the names of more than 100 teenagers who have been killed by gunfire in Chicago in the past year, as a bell sounded to mark the victims’ names.

The moment came during a college fair held by the Black Star Project for young minority students.

Philip Jackson, executive director of the Black Star Project, said, “As we honor Trayvon, we also want to honor these young children who nobody is marching for, these young people who nobody is holding a protest for.”

At St. Sabina Catholic earlier in the weekend, there was a statue in the sanctuary, meant to represent Trayvon. Like the youth in the pews on Sunday, the statue was wrapped in a hoodie like the one Trayvon was wearing when he was shot. The statue was also holding what Trayvon held as he was killed – a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles.

Pfleger said martin’s death is part of a larger picture.

“I’m praying in this moment of Trayvon Martin, we connect the dots,” Pfleger said. “If you really honor Trayvon Martin, what are you going to do differently tomorrow about violence? What child are you going to reach out to? What youth center? What school? What will you do differently to fight the violence?”

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said, “This is something that’s been building for years, and it really points out two issues in this country that people have been afraid to take on for a long time. And the first thing is race and crime, and the second thing is guns.”

McCarthy said the shooting of Trayvon Martin points out the dangers of allowing people, like neighborhood watch civilians, to legally carry weapons.

McCarthy pointed out police officers train for a year to use their weapons, and they still sometimes make mistakes.

Durbin also questioned applying a self-defense law to this case.

“This notion that anyone can carry a gun and declare themselves a security official and roam the streets of any town in America should be thought through carefully.” Durbin said. “This man who was involved in this had four months of training. I have no idea if it was any good or not. He wouldn’t even follow the directions of a dispatcher who said to leave this young man alone.”

Durbin said the next steps in the investigation are best left to the independent prosecutor looking into the case.

  • Just Axin

    Good Job, CBS Weeked Edition Censors! You keep this up and I guarantee your hits to this site will drop off dramatically. Less hits means you will hear about your poor discretion. You are obviously the “very liberal” crew that is misusing the little power and control you have.

  • Reb Biker

    How come the death of a black person in Florida sparks outrage among black people in Chicago, but the deaths of 14 black people at the hands of other black people here on St. Patrick’s Day weekend does not? What’s up with that?

    • Milton Abernathy

      THEY just look for reasons to get angry at “de white man”

      • Bodacious B

        true dat!

      • LYNDIA

        the white man is hated every where he goes. that is the reason the people in the mid east are killing the soldiers and the few that make it out of there alive, are nuts due to tramautic brain injuries. those people over there know how to deal with a honkey. viet nam, same thing.

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Lyndia – I always knew you were a vile ni @@ er, but to bring our troops into this with such a statement is beyond reproach you filthy fuking c#nt!!!

    • LYNDIA

      Did you read the entire article? It makes reference to that issue.

  • Me

    “Durbin said the next steps in the investigation are best left to the independent prosecutor looking into the case.” Then shut up Durbin.

    • G-Lep

      D!ck Turban is useless. He flaps his lips briefly, then, thankfully, DOES shut up again!!

  • WetNurse

    Ah, so here goes Mcfleabeef ranting another anti-gun sermon at St. Sabina’s. Must be bucking for Phlegmer’s post after the Rahmunist sends him packing.

    Upwards of 80 million civilians own guns and lawful carry is allowed in 49 states. One overzealous cop wannabe does not a populous make.

    • Mr. Justice

      Good comments WetNurse.

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    I be takin dem skittles and be putting dem in NWA’s azz and den I be sukin dem out.

    • Just Axin

      Lyndia- How sweet!

    • G-Lep

      That is absolutely revolting. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • G-Lep

        Nor do we wish to!

      • LYNDIA


      • LYNDIA

        Lyndia (the ignorant one) I know about your sex. I know you are ready, willing and able to wrap your no lips mouth around a big black one. F U C K face

  • EW-3

    Why does CBS keep running that picture of Trayvon Martin from when he was 13. There are plenty of other more recent pictures of him out on the Internet. He was after all 17 and 6’3 or 6’4 tall.

    Or are you trying to shape opinion ?

    • PG

      Seems like anytime there is a black shooting, whether it was done by another black, or a white person, or a police officer, the media always shows a picture of the “victim” from when they were 10-13 years old. Yes, they are trying to shape opinion.

      • Reb Biker

        Rather than trying to shape opinion, it looks more in this case like they’re trying to incite riots!

      • LYNDIA

        They are not trying to shape opinion because the majority of americans (both black and white) feels like zimmermanshould have been arrested. Have you watched the polls stupid C sucker!!!

      • Me

        Lyndia, Actually they are trying to shape public opinion.

        I think anyone that shoots,and especially kills, someone should be arrested immediately. Let the courts, etc. then decide whether or not its ‘justified’.

    • G-Lep

      Bingo!! You win the Prize for Perceptiveness!!

    • Just Axin

      EW- You’re right. I just saw a good pic of him with gold “teef” along with a good article. It’s nice to have to other side of the story.

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @just – Link please !!!

      • Just Axin

        10-4, YApe., scroll down about 7 articles to travon. After the story, read the comments and one will be a link to pic. Let me know after you’ve read.

      • G-Lep

        Thanks, Just. Will the mainstream media (a) put this out (b) in a timely way??

      • LYNDIA


      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Just – thnx my friend!!! Unforetunately we know this hero is going down. Fuking ni @@ ers will riot from here to Africa with any other outcome. Remember the saying “the man’s who’s right (white) is the man’s who’s wrong”

        G-Lep – no way in hell the lib media will run this. Perhaps we should do our civic duty and pass this along. I know godd@ mn well that I’m sending his out to everybody on my list and they will also pass it along.

        btw- nice pic of the lil ape!

      • Just Axin

        Lyndia- You say that the majority want to see Zimmerman arrrested. Guess what? We live in a constitutional republic where individual rights are protected. If we lived under a majority rule mentality, then what would you say if the majority wanted to legalize slavery? Would it be ok then? I don’t think so.

  • James

    Where did st. sabina’s get that black statue? From the voodoo doll in the movie “Major League”? pfleger is a racist and should not be a priest because he only cares about blacks.

    • LYNDIA

      F you james.

      • Just Axin

        Lyndia- Is you havin a rough weekend? Why so serious?

    • G-Lep

      Must’a been an old Marshall Fields mannequin. BWA-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

  • Just Axin

    Reb- That would see more papers= advertising


    You are right McCarthy, the police do make mistakes, like to cop that killed Ms. Boyd on 15th and Albany FOR NOTHING.

    • Milton Abernathy

      FOR NOTHING????????????

      That was a righteous kill….righteous!!

  • Just Axin

    Lyndia- Ms.Boyd was a casualty of war….deal wif it.

  • Just Axin

    G-Lep- We know the first mainstream media outlet to put up the pic of tra (may I say Tra?) with his gold teef will be labeled as racist and trying to make him look criminal.

    • G-Lep

      Yeah, but I’m thinking they’re gonna HAVE to pick up on it and disseminate it.



    • THEE Yard Ape

      Negress – You are a treasonous sl#t that should be hung.

      • G-Lep

        I think it knows that. I also think it relishes its “status” as such.

    • Just Axin

      Lyndia- If your Great Grand Pappy knew what kind of evil spawn he would later have, he would have thrown himself on a grenade (or any other explosive they had at the time).

      • James

        We would all be better off!

  • Just Axin

    Lyndia- My mammy done have those tattoos removed along time ago.

    • G-Lep

      It’s “done have THEM”, Just. You’re welcome.

      • G-Lep

        Wow… that’s deep. I’ll go to church ‘n light a candle for ya.

      • Just Axin

        G-Lep, It is a constant battle between the street educated Just Axin and CBS2 educated Just Axin.

  • Just Axin

    Lyndia- Hey Woman! My mammy done have those tattoos removed along time ago.

    • G-Lep

      Just: Again — it’s “done… have… THEM” You can do it. I know you can. Say it with me: “done… have… THEM”

      • Just Axin

        G-Lep, that was a variation of the original post that did not display when I first hit submit. I did pay attention to your initial teaching point and you will see an improvement in future postings!

  • Malcom

    notice how White liberals will march and protest with the blacks who are protesting Whites? When they start beating the Whites, liberals will be in shock and wondering why. Don’t save them. they are race traitors.

  • Philip Wayne

    I am not a racist….I do not believe that justice should ever be directed by a mob or mob mentality, which I think is happening in this case. We still don’t know all the details and that needs to be addressed by a judge and jury, not a mob. In terms of my safety in Chicago, I challenge CBS and all the other stations to go back to their archives of crimes for the last three years and tell me what percentage of crimes committed were by young black males…..then let your viewers know the statistics. I know I am afraid of unattended, young black males in Chicago and especially hooded ones. I will stay away from them at all costs.

    • Just Axin

      Phil-Profiling saves lives. So does concealed carry when they do put you in that position and you need to level the playing field.

  • Jim

    The coverage of this story by MSNBC and CNN was a complete disgrace this past weekend. The liberal media and the racist negros from coast to coast have made this a racial issue and it is completely shameful. Wht if Martin had been white? Would they still be protesting? Of course not, that is what makes them racist. After paying very close attention to this story, I’ve come away with one conclusion; You can’t just start swinging on someone for no reason! If Zimmerman had tried to rob Martin or beat him, then it would have been justified, but Zimmerman was only inquiring as to his business in a gated community, exactly what a community watch volunteer should do. For some reason, all of the riled up negros seem to think it is OK to start swinging on someone. It isn’t and Martin got what he deseved!!!!!

  • Joe Harris

    The only ones rallying for good old Trahon are the ones that we the taxpayers are taking care of.

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