Posted: Mar 27, 2012 1:00 AM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Mar 27, 2012 1:01 AM
As rallies are held across the country demanding justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, two LCG councilmen plan to take a stand on the matter Tuesday, by wearing hooded sweatshirts to the city-parish council meeting.
"We're going to do that to send a clear cut message, that no one should be identified or stereotyped as a criminal for how they're dressed," said district 4 councilman, Kenneth Boudreaux.
Boudreaux will be joined by district 3 councilman Brandon Shelvin, in trading in a suit for a hoodie, at Tuesday night's meeting.
"Hoodies" have become a symbol of support for the unarmed teenager, who was wearing one when he was shot and killed last month in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch commander. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, and has never been charged in the case.
"We have an opportunity to bring awareness to an underlying problem, that's been plaguing our communities for many, many years," said Shelvin.
Boudreaux and Shelvin have invited other council members to also wear hoodies in a show of support for Martin.