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Councilman Jerry Davis Wears "Trayvon Martin" Hoodie to Meeting

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Houston city councilman Jerry Davis donned a hoodie at yesterday's meeting in support of protests over the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Davis, who's represented District B since January, said minorities still face unequal treatment by law enforcement.

"The last few days I've been wearing my hoodie," he told colleague. "When I was in high school, a simple, simple thing -- I was arrested. Someone said I stole a purse at a specific area. I was not there, I was actually at lacrosse practice with about 32 other kids. But for some reason they had some evidence that stated that I was at this particular place. I was arrested, embarrassed at school, my mom and dad had to pay money for a lawyer that we did not have the money to do so, and here we are 20 years later and we just cannot get an arrest on someone we know did a certain action."

He also talked about his cousin Robert Tolan, who was shot unarmed in his driveway by Bellaire police in 2008.

Davis spoke without incident, unlike Congressman Bobby Rush, who wore a hoodie on the house floor the same day and was reprimanded and told to leave.

You can see the video of Davis speaking by clicking on the "Matters to be presented to council" item on this menu.


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