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Mother of Trayvon Martin joins Miami protesters seeking racial justice, police support

Trayon Martin killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford in 2012

Another group of protesters of about a hundred or so marched on June 14 from South Pointe Park to 5th and Ocean in Miami Beach. They then got down on one knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Another group of protesters of about a hundred or so marched on June 14 from South Pointe Park to 5th and Ocean in Miami Beach. They then got down on one knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. (WPLG)

MIAMI – The mother of Trayvon Martin joined hundreds of demonstrators at a rally in downtown Miami on Sunday, demanding racial equality following the death of George Floyd last month at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota.

Sybrina Fulton joined the demonstrators who carried signs that read “Stop Killing Us" and “We Are All Equal" at the Torch of Friendship, a 60-year-old monument erected as a welcoming beacon to the city’s Latin American and Caribbean neighbors. The protest organized by several churches was one of several across Florida on Sunday.

Fulton's unarmed son, Trayon Martin, was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, while walking back from a central Florida convenience store in 2012. The teen's killing helped plant the seeds of the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew after the deaths at police hands of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. and Eric Garner in New York.

Fulton is currently running for a seat on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

At one point, demonstrators lined up U.S. flags that spelled out “RESIST” on a blocked-off downtown street.

Nearby at a separate protest, dozens of police supporters waved flags and chanted “We support the police!” at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. At one point, about three dozen officers on bikes rode by the protesters and gave high-fives to supporters who applauded and took photos.

Across Biscayne Bay, a 13-year-old protester led about 100 demonstrators past tourists in swimsuits in Miami Beach on Sunday to protest police abuse.

The protesters chanted “Black Lives Matter" and “No Justice, No Peace" before stopping along a main tourist strip to kneel silently for nearly nine minutes, the amount of time officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Before the protesters stopped to kneel, someone dropped multiple eggs from the second or third floor of an apartment building, and they splattered on the ground next to demonstrators, according to the Miami Herald.

No one was hit by the eggs, but police officers said a report had been filed and they would try to figure out who was responsible.

The Miami Beach protest was led by Egyptia Green, a rising eighth grader who also led another protest last week.