MSNBC's Al Sharpton spoke at a rally for Trayvon Martin in Martin's hometown of Sanford, Florida on Thursday night.
Sharpton has been heavily involved in the unfolding story surrounding Martin's death for weeks, using both his television show and his broader activism to push the case. On Thursday, he devoted his entire show to Martin before going immediately to the rally.
At the protest, Sharpton was flanked by Martin's parents. "Trayvon could have been any one of our sons," he said. "Trayvon could have been any one of us."
"We are tired of going to jail for nothing and others going home for something. Zimmerman should have been arrested that night ... you cannot defend yourself against a pack of Skittles and iced tea. Don't talk to us like we're stupid! Don't talk to us like we're ignorant! We love our children like you love yours. Lock him up!"
Sharpton said that he would stay on the case.
"We cannot allow a legal precedent to be established in this city that tells us it is legal for a man to kill us, tell any story he wants, and walks out with the murder weapon," he said.
Watch part of his address above.
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