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Tense moments at Trayvon Martin rally

A college student lashed out against Sanford city officials during a rally Sunday night.

SANFORD, Fla. – There was a tense confrontation at a rally for Trayvon Martin Sunday evening.

A college student pointed the finger at Sanford's elected officials for not having made an arrest in the deadly shooting since the teen's death Feb. 26. One of the attorneys for the Martin family defended the city's mayor and commissioner.

It happened during a rally at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford, where 40 students ended a 40-mile march, demanding justice in Martin's death.

The group of students, who call themselves the "Dream Defenders," walked for three days from Daytona Beach to Sanford.

The students are demanding George Zimmerman's arrest, an overhaul of the entire justice system and the ouster of elected officials.

"Do you know who (your elected officials) are?" asked Dream Defender and Florida A & M student, Ciara Taylor.

"I bet you do now," said Taylor. "I bet you didn't know they would stand by idly while George Zimmerman has been on the loose for 40 days."

What started as a call for justice among college students turned into a heated exchange. Just minutes earlier, the audience applauded Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett for getting 911 tapes released, but now officials were defending themselves.

"I have always stood for justice," said Sanford City Commissioner Velma Williams. "You should ask the people in the community, both black and white, and I will continue to do that."

Mayor Triplett left the rally while Trayvon Martin's family attorney, Natalie Jackson, also defended the officials.

Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to the students through Jackson's cell phone.

"This is not only about Trayvon, this is about your future as well and we just want to say thank you, we really appreciate you," said Fulton.

The Dream Defenders took Fulton's gratitude to heart as they passionately demanded a revolution.

"If Dr. King were alive today, he would know that his dream has not come true," said Stetson University student, Jelissa Conway. "Because if it had, we would not have to be here and Trayvon Martin would still be alive.

The students also made a call for non-violent civil disobedience. They plan to return to the Allen Chapel AME Church at 8 AM Monday, April 9th for more marches to various governmental institutions in Sanford.


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