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article imageTrayvon Martin hoodie shooting target spurs online petition

By Yukio Strachan     May 17, 2012 in Business
A Virginia resident has created an online petition calling on Virginia's Attorney General to investigate the company responsible for selling Trayvon Martin shooting targets, whose slaying and delayed justice sparked international outrage.
As reported Digital Journal reported, in an effort to capitalize off of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unidentified online retailer sold gun range targets depicting a faceless, hooded figure holding a bag Skittles candy and a bottle of iced tea - items Trayvon was carrying when he was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
According to Guns.com, a product description read:
Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12"x18" (The same as Darkotic Zombie Targets) This is a Ten Pack of Targets
The retailer, now identified as The Hiller Armament Company in Virginia, closed up shop, once the press began covering the story.
So far, no explanation from the armament company was been made public.
Virginia resident Tahir Duckett wanted to do something about it. So she created a petition to mobilize people around the issue.
“Virginia law prohibits the unauthorized use of a person’s name, portrait or picture for advertising or trade purposes," the petition letter begins. "The right continues for 20 years after death. Tell Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to shut them down and punish these people for illegally profiting off of Trayvon’s tragic killing."
So far more than 113,000 people have signed Duckett’s petition. The goal is to reach 150,000 signatures, the site says.
According to Shaka Shakur, founder of the New Black Panther People’s Survival Program, “This is not surprising. It is a reminder of the racism that millions of Black people live every day. We are still in a state of segregation based on racism, murder and domination. This is what we have seen with Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham and now with Trayvon,” New York Amsterdam News reported.
As The New York Daily News writes, the tasteless targets were inspired by the death of 17-year-old Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, on Feb. 26. His death sparked an uproar across the United States, and a national debate about racial profiling.
Martin, who was shot in the chest, was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles and the drink before his fatal interaction with Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla.
For more information on the petition click here.
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