That George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. Everything else is — from the circumstances, to the motivation — sparking a national debate about race, and coast-to-coast demands for justice.
On Tuesday, lawmakers take up the issue when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on racial profiling and hate crimes. Martin’s parents are expected to attend.
Ahead of the hearing, protesters plan to march to the White House demanding a federal investigation. A CNN/ORC International poll has found that nearly three-fourths of Americans — including 67% of whites and 86% of non-whites — believe Zimmerman should be arrested.
From the halls of Capitol Hill to the streets of America’s cities, the case has generated widespread outrage — attitudes on display Monday in more than dozen cities, from Atlanta to San Francisco.
Many demonstrators wore hooded sweatshirts and carried Skittles candy…
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