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Trayvon Martin Shooting Sparks Dallas Rally

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Protestors in Dallas plan to have a rally at Paul Quinn College at noon on Friday. It’s being called ‘Trayvon Martin Day’ in honor of the 17-year-old shot and killed last month in Florida.

Martin was shot by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who claims that he acted in self-defense. Police in Sanford, Florida said that Martin was not armed. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, so those attending Friday’s rally in Dallas are being asked to wear “hoodies” as well. Other similar rallies are scheduled in cities around the country.

Also in Florida, the Sanford police chief has stepped down temporarily, and the prosecutor who initially looked into the shooting has been replaced. “I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblence of calm to a city which has been in turmoil for several weeks,” said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee.

Organizers of the rally at Paul Quinn College said that a number of public officials will attend, including State Senator Royce West.

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