Ahead of a grand jury convening to hear evidence the Trayvon Martin shooting, hundreds of people rallied in D.C. to demand an arrest in the case.
The so-called Million Hoodie March processed from Malcolm X Park to Freedom Plaza, where speakers from Howard University, the D.C. chapter of the NAACP, the National Urban League, and Students Against Mass Incarceration called for the arrest of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Among those in the crowd, which News4's Derrick Ward estimated as numbering between 300 and 400 people, was a group of Howard students, who marched from Howard's main campus to joining the rally.
Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old Martin on the evening of February 26 in Sanford, Florida while Martin was walking from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiancee in a gated community. The Sanford police department has been accused of mishandling the case, which has sparked a national outcry over issues of racial profiling, self-defense laws, and neighborhood watch groups.