The Reverend Al Sharpton is set to attend a rally tonight for Trayvon Martin despite his mother's sudden death this morning. Sharpton says she would have wanted him to support Martin's family, who will also attend tonight at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford.
Sanford police chief Bill Lee Jr. announced today that he will be temporarily stepping down from his post due to the negative attention brought on the department by the shooting of the teenager in February.
"My role as the leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," said Lee. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process."
The crowd gathered at the press conference where Lee made the announcement reportedly began chanting, "The chief is gone! Zimmerman is next!"
George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting 17-year old Martin in "self defense", has not been arrested yet despite public outcry because an investigation is still pending--and has the FBI involved.
"He took a life," Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, said. "He took my son's life and he needs to punished in a court of law for what he did."
The rally, which is being called the "Million Hoodie March" due to attendees' plans to wear a hoodie in support of Trayvon--who was wearing one on the night he was shot--is expected to start tonight at 7 p.m.
Sanford is only a couple miles away from my place. I'm definitely going to be at that rally for Trayvon Martin.
On my way to sanford for this trayvon martin rally
Voter Registration Training cancelled--going to Trayvon Martin Rally in Sanford.