Earlier this year in Topeka, Kansas a Trayvon Martin look-alike contest was held. Martin, 17, was wearing a hooded sweatshirt when he shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, while walking home from a 7-11 in Sanford, Florida.
The controversial case has sparked many protests around the nation on the subject of “Stand Your Ground” type laws.
Taveion Lamb, the local Topeka teen who won the contest, is set to receive an award this Friday at 3 p.m. at an East Topeka park.
The Topeka Capital- Journal reports that C. E. “Sonny” Scroggins, the event organizer intended the look-alike contest to draw attention to rallies in support of overturning “Stand Your Ground” laws such as the one in Florida.
At the Grand Cushinberry Birthday Celebration, during which the award is to be present, an anti-racial profiling specialist, Timothy Dwight Smith is also scheduled to speak.
Scroggins stated in a news release: “Vigilante justice has no place in the United States or Kansas.”
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