CLEVELAND — A Cleveland city councilman joined a nationwide show of solidarity for a Florida teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Zack Reed, who represents Ward 2, wore a hoodie at Monday night’s council meeting as a way of remembering Trayvon Martin, 17.
“It’s a symbol,” Reed explained. “We’re all standing in solidarity to Trayvon Martin’s family down in Florida. Although we all can’t be down there, we can all show solidarity.”
Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was shot exactly one month ago.
George Zimmerman, 28, claimed he acted in self-defense when he fired, even though Martin was unarmed.
“(Zimmerman) chose to pursue (Martin) and then this incident happened. And now a 17-year-old African American boy is shot, killed and dead and that’s wrong,” Reed said.
Zimmerman has not been charged, causing a nationwide outcry from people who believe the killing was racially-motivated.
“This individual should be brought to justice,” Reed said. “It should go inside a courtroom and inside that courtroom a decision will be made on whether or not he should go free or whether or not he should be sent to jail.”
During the miscellaneous portion of the meeting, Reed spoke about violence against African American youth, using Martin’s death as an example.