NY Lawmakers Wear Hoodies, Carry Skittles and Iced Tea for Trayvon Martin - NBC New York

NY Lawmakers Wear Hoodies, Carry Skittles and Iced Tea for Trayvon Martin

Councilmembers said they wanted justice in the case.



    New York City councilmembers wore hoodies Wednesday in honor of Trayvon Martin. The Florida teenager was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain in February. News4's Andrew Siff reports. (Published Thursday, March 29, 2012)

    New York City councilmembers wore hoodies and carried Skittles and iced tea at City Hall Wednesday in tribute to Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead walking home from a corner store.

    Some of the lawmakers wore hoodies over their typical business attire, and others wore them alone.

    Council Speaker Christine Quinn wore a red sweatshirt, pulling the hood over her head as she called Wednesday's council meeting to order.

    "This simple article of clothing has been transformed to a powerful symbol of protest," said Councilwoman Letitia James. "Today I am Trayvon."

    The unarmed 17-year-old Martin was shot dead Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer who had called 911 to report a "suspicious" person in a hoodie.

    Martin was found to have been carrying Skittles and iced tea.

    There have been no arrests in the case, which has sparked a nationwide debate about how young black men are treated and perceived.

    "I'm hoping that the killer will be brought to justice," said Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. Hopefully, she said, "we can strive to overcome."

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