Trayvon Martin demonstrators reportedly struck a woman who pleaded with them to let her pass so she could get her granddaughter, who was suffering from an allergic reaction to some medication, to a Houston hospital on Monday.
The girl’s grandmother, who asked Click2Houston.com to identify her only as Georgia, said hundreds of protesters spilled onto a bridge and highway, shouting, “No justice, no peace,” blocking all traffic.
“One of them was hitting the windshield and I was just screaming, ‘We’ve got to get to the hospital,’ and they were screaming and chanting,” Georgia said. “All I could think of was, I got to get my granddaughter to the hospital.”
Georgia’s daughter, who was driving the car, said Georgia rolled down the window to beg the demonstrators to let them pass, but a man reached into the window and “just started hitting her.”
Video footage of the incident shows a man grabbing Georgia as her car, one in a line of many trying to pass the crowd by driving on the grassy shoulder, tries to pass through. Protesters also held up an ambulance trying to navigate around stalled cars and the crowd.
“I think it’s ridiculous that they’re taking it this far. It’s going to become a civil war almost,” Georgia said. “It’s crazy.”
Quanell X, the man who organized the protest, told his followers not to break any laws, nor to touch or harm anyone, according to local news station KPRC2.
The news station added that another protest is planned for Sunday.
The protest comes at a time when national tensions over the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin are boiling over. Many are calling for peace.
“Trayvon Martin cannot rest in peace if there’s not peace in our streets,” Michael Skolnik,a member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation’s board of directors told The Daily Caller last Thursday, adding that any non-peaceful response to a Zimmerman acquittal “would be a tragedy” that he and the Martin family would condemn.