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Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber

Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber

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Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber

US CONGRESSMAN Bobby Rush was escorted off the floor of the House of Representatives after he donned a hoodie in tribute to the slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

The hooded sweatshirt has become a symbol of protest against racial profiling in the weeks since the 17-year-old was killed while wearing one by a Hispanic neighbourhood watch captain in Florida.

Thousands of people in cities across the US wore sweatshirts as they marched to demand that George Zimmerman be arrested and charged for the killing.

Mr Rush, an Illinois Democrat, took the floor to denounce the killing and speak out against vigilantism.

Too often, this violent act that resulted in the murder of Trayvon Martin is repeated in the streets of our nation," Rush said in his statement. "I applaud the young people all across the land who are making a statement about hoodies, about the hoodlums in this nation, particularly those who tread on our laws wearing official or quasi-official clothes."

As he spoke he removed his suit jacket to reveal a grey sweatshirt underneath. He pulled up the hood and replaced his spectacles with dark sunglasses as he spoke.

"Racial profiling has to stop, Mr Speaker," he continued "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."

He was interrupted by the presiding speaker, Gregg Harper, who repeatedly banged his gavel as he warned Mr Rush that he was violating parliamentary rules by covering his head in the chamber.

Mr Rush's own son, Huey, was shot dead in a gun violence incident in Chicago in 1999.