The push to find justice for slain Sanford, Florida teenager Trayvon Martin continued on Thursday with a rally in Orlando led by the Rev AL. Sharpton, and some important input from President Obama. Sharpton led the protest just hours after his mother’s death, telling protesters in a tweet, "I am on the flight to Florida and will move forward with our plans to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin. My MOM would have wanted me to.” President Obama weighed in on the controversial case, where the unarmed 17-year-old was gunned down, saying the nation should do some “soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens."
"I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened,” Obama said in his statement made outside of the White House. "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
During the Orlando rally Sharpton emphasized the importance of the movement to see right done by Martin and his family telling the crowd, “My mother raised me to stand up for justice.”
All of the pressure surrounding the case forced Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee to temporarily step down from his position on Thursday. "I am aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," Lee said when he announced his leave. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position."
Several members of the hip-hop community have continued to show their support for Martin’s family, by promoting marches, rallies and petitions on their social media accounts. MTV News recently caught up with Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy who emphasized the importance of a community effort to make progress in the case. "I feel very deeply as a community leader and as a product of my culture," Jeezy said. "I feel like we all got to get together and stop this, 'cause I have a son his age and I just feel like that could've been either of our children."