Disarray, lack of organization delay Martin march as Jackson, Grayson late

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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SANFORD, Fla. — Monday’s march for slain teen Trayvon Martin was delayed 25 minutes as organizers struggled to keep ralliers in line.

Supporters planned to march from the town’s Centennial Park to the Civic Center, where the Sanford City Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting on the incident, but the march had to be restarted at least four times. (RELATED: Gun control group falsely claims Martin shooter still has gun)

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and former Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson both arrived late to the rally, and MSNBC host Al Sharpton was nowhere to be found.

The eight-block march, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., was intended to be led by Martin’s parents, but ralliers repeatedly moved in front of the Martins, forcing organizers to restart the march. By 4:25 p.m., the march was moving smoothly toward the Civic Center.

No more than 2,000 people participated, far fewer than the Thursday night evening rally last week.

UPDATE 6:00 p.m. Sharpton showed up after the march to give remarks to the City Council.

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