Rev. Al Sharpton at Trayvon Martin rally: 'Enough is enough'

By Bakari Savage, Scott McDonnell, John W. Davis and Dave D'Marko, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT
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Several major developments Thursday in the Trayvon Martin case.

Sanford says around 10,000 people were at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford for a rally for justice. They called for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Martin last month.

Meanwhile, there were several new developments on the investigation front. The Sanford police chief has stepped down temporarily, the FBI has opened a parallel investigation into the case, and Gov. Rick Scott has chosen a new state attorney to handle the Trayvon Martin investigation.


Rally for justice in Sanford

A rally for slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin brought thousands to Fort Mellon Park Thursday.

The rally was supposed to be held at the First Shiloh Baptist Church, but it was moved because of the number of people who wanted to attend -- not only ordinary supporters from all over the country, but top leaders in the civil rights movement.

"No justice, no peace," Rev. Al Sharpton chanted with the crowd as he took the podium.

Sharpton said there was probable cause to arrest George Zimmerman, and he should have been arrested.

"We've come to tell you enough is enough. We are tired of going to jail for nothing, and others going home for something," Sharpton said.

Sharpton told the crowd that there should be no violence in the call to arrest George Zimmerman. The goal was to win on the merits on the case.

"We are in it to win," Sharpton said.

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, said all she cared about is an arrest in the case, no matter who does it. She said the case should have been handled differently. She also said there would be a hearing in Washington DC Tuesday on hate crimes.

Organizers leading the rally continue to remind the crowd that this rally is not about hate, and people need to be respectful.

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett was heckled when he talked about efforts to bring the state and the Dept. of Justice into the case. Brown made sure to remind the crowd that Triplett met with her for several hours, and was instrumental in getting the 911 tapes released.

"Hopefully out of tragedy we can instill some changes, and instill some trust," said Mayor Jeff Triplett after the rally.

There are several notable civil rights activists at the rally, including Martin Luther King III and Dick Gregory.

"We are showing the nation and the world that we are going to stand up for justice," King said. "We will continue to come until justice is done."

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's mother and father, spoke briefly during the rally, thanking the crowd for their support. "I stand her today not knowing how don't know how I'm walking right now," she said tearfully, "Because my heart hurts for my son. Trayvon is my son. Trayvon is your son."

"I pledge I will not let my son die in vain," Tracy Martin said.

At least 3 people ended up needing medical attention and a child disappeared for a while during the massive rally, with some 10,000 people in attendance according to the city.

Many people at the rally were surprised at the lack of presence from Sanford Police.

“When I came up they were all on different corners just sitting in their cars, but they're not in this area here,” said Vickie Heath.

Sanford police say they were thought it would be a peaceful rally, and didn't need extra officers.


FBI, Dept of Justice opens investigation

This as the FBI and the Dept. of Justice has opened a parallel investigation into the Trayvon Martin shooting. This comes after Rev. Al Sharpton met with the DOJ Thursday, prior to a rally in Fort Mellon Park.

The FBI and the DOJ also met with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's parents.

They issued the following statement:

"Earlier this week, the FBI opened a parallel investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin and the matter is still ongoing. The FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office continue to be available to provide assistance to local authorities as deemed appropriate.

We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Trayvon’s family for their loss."