Members of various minority staff associations convened on the steps of the Capitol on Friday for “Hoodies on the Hill” in a show of solidarity for Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager slain in February in Sanford, Fla.
Many suspect that Martin, 17, was the victim of racial profiling. Wearing a hoodie, the unarmed youth was reportedly returning home from the store when a neighborhood watch captain shot him. The shooter, George Zimmerman, told police at the time that he used force in self-defense. Although his story has been called into question, he was never arrested.
The case has since come to national attention. Many staffers and supporters who assembled on the Capitol steps wore hoodies to take a stand against profiling.