Oklahomans protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

A group of people gathered Sunday in Oklahoma City to protest the Feb. 26 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida boy.
by Tiffany Gibson Published: March 26, 2012

The shooting death of a Florida teenager in February that attracted national attention prompted some Oklahomans to speak out about injustice toward minorities and racism.

A group of people gathered Sunday in Oklahoma City near NW 23 and Classen Boulevard to protest the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

The man, George Zimmerman, 28, told police he shot Martin in self-defense.

Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the case.

“Seeing this scenario, it hits home. Ethnic and racial injustice happens,” said Jason Quaynor, 23, of Norman.

Quaynor, a senior English and writing major at the University of Oklahoma, said he participated in the protest to spread awareness about the shooting and other cases dealing with race.

He said there have been questionable shootings in Oklahoma, including the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a police officer in Del City on March 14.

Police said Dane Garrett Scott Jr. led officers on a short pursuit before crashing near Interstate 35 and SE 15 in Oklahoma City. The officer said Scott tried to leave the scene and fought with him over a gun. Friends and family question the officer's account of what happened.


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by Tiffany Gibson
News Online Editor
Tiffany Gibson has worked for the Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the digital news team. In addition to writing and web editing, she also creates multimedia features for the website and maintains social media accounts. A Tennessee...
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