- Posted April 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
TRAYVON MARTIN SUPPORTERS DENIED THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE REFRESHMENTS AT CITGO GAS STATION!
The coalition of students known to many as the Dream Defenders ran into a rather unusual obstacle on Easter Sunday. The students have traveled over 30 out of the 41 miles from Daytona, Fl. to Sanford, Fl. in hopes of seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. Today, like the previous 2 days, these tired and exhausted students stopped for refreshments and a restroom break at a neighborhood Citgo gas station in Debary, Fl. Upon entering the gas station, the group was approached by a store clerk and told that they could only come in 3 at a time in order to receive service. James Bland, a FAMU Alumni that traveled all the way for L.A., and several others insured the clerk that they were not here to cause any trouble and were only looking to quinch their thirst and support the business establishment. After the store clerk insisted that they could only receive service 3 at a time, the group proceeded to leave the store and respect his wishes. After walking out of the store, the group was met with yet another surprise. The clerk had now locked the door behind them and prevented them from entering.
Law enforcement accompanying the group went to speak to the clerk to get a better understanding about the situation and to determine whether this could possibly be a store policy. After talking with them for a while, the store clerk came back out to apologize to the group and open up his services. James, describes this situation as "a direct example that profiling can occur not only by color but by age."
Watch the entire incident unfold here.
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Written by Junior Bernadin on behalf of the Dream Defenders