Hoodies on the Hill — PICTURES

March 23, 2012, 10:57 a.m.

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.