11:04am

Wed March 28, 2012
Tennesseans Headed to Sanford This Weekend

Tennessee NAACP Protests Martin Shooting

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  The Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is ramping up protests across the state in response to the death of Trayvon Martin.

The unarmed 17-year-old black teenager was shot in Sanford, Florida, just over a month ago by a neighborhood watch captain who says he acted in self-defense.

Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the state NAACP, said protests are scheduled in several cities around the state, including a protest Wednesday in Memphis.

Sweet-Love also said NAACP members from Tennessee will join with others from around the country for a protest this weekend in Sanford, Florida.

“We’ve got to, as Americans, we’ve got to stop all this vigilante justice. Because as this young man was killed for obvious no reason but walking through and being a person of color where he was, this will continue to happen.”

Sweet-love said a bus headed for Florida will leave Hadley Park in Nashville Friday evening to attend a protest in Sanford scheduled for Saturday.