Sharpton Leads Trayvon Rally

Fla. state attorney quits investigation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 11:29 PM CDT
Sharpton Leads Trayvon Rally
Al Sharpton speaks at a rally with the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida yesterday.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Civil rights leader Al Sharpton led thousands of people in a rally yesterday in the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was shot. "We cannot allow a precedent when a man can just kill one of us and then walk out with the murder weapon," Sharpton said, flanked by the slain teen's parents. "We don't want good enough. We want George Zimmerman in court with handcuffs behind his back." Sharpton was speaking just hours after the death of his mother, the AP reports. "This is where she would want me to be," he said.

The crowd cheered the news that Sanford's police chief had stepped down amid criticism of his handling of the case. Florida State Attorney Norm Wolfinger has now also removed himself from the case, saying he was doing so "with the intent of toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of this investigation," reports the Miami Herald. Gov. Rick Scott— who assured the Martin family Wolfinger would be removed from the case, according to their lawyer—has announced the creation of a task force to review the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. (Read more Al Sharpton stories.)

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