SANFORD, FL — Civil rights leaders are continuing to pressure authorities to make an arrest in the fatal shooting last month of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
During a town hall meeting this week, officials from the NAACP, American Civil Liberties Union and Nation of Islam joined forces in urging residents to remain calm while they seek justice in the slaying, for which George Zimmerman -- a white man -- has admitted to.
No charges have been leveled against Zimmerman in the Feb. 26 shooting which occurred as Martin was returning to a gated community in Sanford after buying candy at a convenience store.
Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense after the youth attacked him.
"I stand here as a son, father, uncle who is tired of being scared for our boys," Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP, said in an interview. "I'm tired of telling our young men how they can't dress, where they can't go and how they can't behave."
Meanwhile, a group of college students in Florida have demanded a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott over the shooting. Scott has responded that he will make sure justice is served.
"[Authorities] are not going to let Zimmerman do somethig wrong and think he can get away with it -- it's not going to happen," said Scott, who has ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist the state attorney in the investigation of Zimmerman.