In honor of Trayvon Martin, Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore wore a hoodie at the council meeting Tuesday night.
The Feb. 26 killing of Martin, a black teenager from Florida, has been nothing less than fiercely controversial and has elicited nothing less than fierce outcry over the past several weeks.
Martin was fatally shot while walking home from a convenience store by George Zimmerman, a community watch coordinator for the neighborhood who claims he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows a person to use deadly force if he believes it will prevent great bodily harm or death.
Since Martin’s death, the circumstances surrounding the killing — including how the law applies to this case, what exactly transpired between the two that night and embittered allegations of racial motivation and police misconduct — have been hotly debated.
Because Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed, people across the nation — and now Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore — have donned hoodies in honor of the teenager. Moore also asked to adjourn Tuesday’s meeting in Martin’s memory.
“A young man was shot just because they said he was suspicious, wearing a hoodie,” Moore said on Wednesday. “That’s unacceptable.”
Moore said that although the council took no official actions regarding the incident Tuesday, he thinks that, depending on how the investigation into the killing proceeds, the council could take an official stance in the future.
“Justice must occur in this instance,” Moore said.
Staff writer Adelyn Baxter contributed to this report.
Soumya Karlamangla is the city news editor.