Trayvon Martin’s parents are set to join Reverend Al Sharpton in his nationwide “Justice for Trayvon” day this weekend. The efforts, which will take place in 100 cities, will urge for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Rallies and vigils will be held in front of federal buildings all over the country on Saturday. Martin’s mother and brother, Sabrina and Jahvaris Fulton, will join Sharpton outside of the New York Police Department headquarters. His father, Tracy Martin, will attend an event at Miami’s federal courthouse.
Sabrina recently told Sharpton in an interview on MSNBC’s Political Nation that she felt as though Zimmerman’s attorney made it seem like her son was the one on trial.
“They put the responsibility on the teenager, rather than on the adult, George Zimmerman,” she said.
When asked about her response to the verdict she said, “wow, you can get away with murder. So now, our kids are targets.”
Now, only days prior to “Justice for Trayvon” day, the Sanford, Florida Police Department has announced that the Department of Justice has placed a hold on all evidence used in the Zimmerman trial.
Police Captain James McAuliffe confirmed that no evidence used in the controversial case will be released until the hold is lifted.
The evidence being held includes the gun Zimmerman used to shoot and kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012, as well as the hoodie Martin wore and the bag of Skittles he carried on the night he was killed.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about the Justice Department’s investigation into the murder during the annual NAACP convention.
“I am concerned about this case and as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Deparment has an open investigation into it,” said Holder.
The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights the night he murdered the teen. Zimmerman was acquitted last Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.