Trayvon Martin: The big picture

  • The Miami Heat don hoodies in support for Trayvon Martin.
The Miami Heat don hoodies in support for Trayvon Martin.
March 26, 2012|CNN, Tribune

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin has grabbed national headlines and renewed the conversation about race relations, gun laws and even how young men dress. It sparked a national furor that reached all the way to the White House, prompting President Obama last week to call for national soul-searching to discover how something so tragic could happen. Protests continued Monday, with rallies planned for major cities across the country. Here are other notable events since the incident occurred last month.

>>Geraldo Rivera caused a stir when he claimed Martin's hoodie was as responsible for his death as the shooter.

>>ESPN has made an exception to its Twitter policy for the Martin case, permitting employees to wear hoodies in their online avatars after initially warning them not to take a political stance.

>>Players on the Miami Heat, the team located closest to Sanford, Fla., and one of the most popular teams in the league, took pictures of themselves last week wearing hoodies and posted them on Twitter. Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the team's biggest stars, have posted about the incident.

>>Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are scheduled to hold an unofficial hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill seeking to bring attention to the Justice Department probe of the shooting.

>>The case has rippled across the nation and prompted rallies protesting the failure of the police to arrest the shooter and, more broadly, a pattern of racial discrimination that black leaders cite in Sanford, Fla., and elsewhere in the country.

>>Declaring that "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," President Obama on Friday joined the heated national debate over the death of Martin.

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