Lafayette Officials And Others Across Louisiana Show Support For Trayvon Martin
Two local councilmen plan to take part in an ongoing protest at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Kenneth Boudreaux and Brandon Shelvin will be wearing hoodies according to our News Partners at KATC-TV3. They say they want to send a message that no one should be "identified or stereotyped as a criminal" because of how they dress. Unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman while wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.
In New Orleans, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas punished one of his now former police officers for allegedly posting a negative comment about Trayvon Martin on an online TV website. Jason Giror, who is white, was suspended indefinitely without pay after postings that included "act like a thug die like one." The officer resigned Tuesday.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people across the state have let their feelings be known about Trayvon Martin's death as well. Monday, students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School in New Orleans staged a march, many of them wearing a hoodie and holding a bag of Skittles like Martin reportedly did when he was shot.
Also, two civil rights groups held a rally late Monday afternoon outside the Caddo Parish Courthouse in Shreveport. And there was a candlelight vigil last night Monday outside Southern Universtiy's Law Center.