Clevelanders Demand Justice for Florida Teen

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin is creating outrage more than a thousand miles away here in Cleveland.

Demonstrators gathered for a Friday afternoon rally on Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

"Trayvon is our son," protesters chanted.

They are demanding justice for 17-year-old Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. They carried signs, echoing a growing belief that George Zimmerman be arrested and prosecuted for the boy's death.

"We can't let it be another brother in Cleveland that it happens to, a brother in Africa that it happens to, a brother anywhere that it happens to," one participant told the crowd.

Community activist Eris Dyson, who helped organize the rally, encouraged people to wear hoodies. Many believe Trayvon was stereotyped as looking suspicious because he was wearing one.

"It's not that things like this don't happen here, it's just sometimes we don't get to catch the national attention, so when it does, we want to make sure we use that fire and that energy to put that spotlight on what's happening here in our city also," Dyson said.

"Do I look suspicious? Do the man down the street look suspicious? So like, what does suspicious look like?" asked rally participant Aaron Griggs.

By the dozens, the protesters walked around Public Square, yelling chants such as "Justice for Trayvon."

"It's sick and disgusting that this happens. This happens far too often, this is not the only case that this has happened," said Brandon Baxter as he marched around The Square.

"The system has failed the people. I mean, when you have people in authority that you can't trust, that you run to to help us, then they fail us, who would we run to? We need help," said marcher Barbara Gray.

The demonstration ended about 45 minutes later with a march to the Justice Center and a message.

"Really think about how my humanity is attached to yours as it is attached to the next person and that person...we are all hurting, we are all suffering," said Dyson.

The rally was born with two people sending messages back and forth on Twitter Thursday.  Twenty-four hours later, they came up with a date and time, and got the word out to make it happen.