#MillionHoodies Demonstration and Social Media Push Martin Petition to Over 1.1 Million Signatures

Mar 22, 2012
10:20 am

Yesterday, the #MillionHoodies demonstration in NYC as well social media shares successfully achieved a goal of surpassing more than 1 million signatures of a Change.org petition created by the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed on February 26 by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL. The NYC protest also gained support from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The protest began at 6pm EST and continued well into the night at Union Square, where eyewitness accounts and UStream sites (including TimCast) estimated the NYPD presence to be around 500 officers, including top-ranking NYPD officials. Accounts estimated that about 200 protesters were at Union Square late last night.

The official #OWS page provides a detailed account of the events, including a video of protesters that occupied the iconic Wall Street bull.

Additional video footage of last night's event and police presence were also streamed. Here are just a few video embeds that were recorded from streaming sites for news-gathering purposes.

The day did not have its controversy, as one #OWS protester was caught on tape and arrested for dumping excrement into a plaza on March 14.