MSNBC's Al Sharpton spoke at a press conference about the ongoing Trayvon Martin case on Wednesday.
The comments came on the same day as a special prosecutor was set to charge shooter George Zimmerman in the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old, and a day after Zimmerman's lawyers dropped him as a client.
Flanked by Martin's parents, Sharpton spoke forcefully, pushing back against claims that there has been a "rush to judgment" against Zimmerman.
"Trayvon Martin committed no crime," he said. "He had no weapon and he had every legal right to be where he was. The rush to judgment was those that moved against him, said he was suspicious, and took his life. So to lecture us about rushing to judgment, we're a victim of a rush to judgment in this case. Let's be real clear on that."
He also cautioned against any violence, saying that Martin's name must not be "tarnished" by it.