Rallies, Marches Follow Zimmerman Verdict

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Earlier, at Manhattan’s Middle Collegiate Church, many congregants wore hooded sweatshirts — similar to the one Martin was wearing the night he was shot — in a show of solidarity. Hoodie-clad Jessica Nacinovich said she could only feel disappointment and sadness over the verdict.

“I’m sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law but maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong; there’s a lot that needs fixing,” she said.

At a youth service in Sanford, Fla., where the trial was held, teens wearing shirts displaying Martin’s picture wiped away tears during a sermon at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

Protesters also gathered in Atlanta, Miami, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., along with a host of other cities.

In Miami, more than 200 people gathered for a vigil. “You can’t justify murder,” read one poster. Another read “Don’t worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans.”

Carol Reitner, 76, of Miami, said she heard about the vigil through an announcement at her church Sunday morning. “I was really devastated. It’s really hard to believe that someone can take the life of someone else and walk out of court free,” she said.

In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched from LOVE Park to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Trayvon Martin’s name and “No justice, no peace!”

“We hope this will begin a movement to end discrimination against young black men,” said Johnathan Cooper, one of the protest’s organizers. “And also to empower black people and get them involved in the system.”

In Atlanta, a crowd of about 75 protesters chanted and carried signs near Centennial Olympic Park.

“I came out today because a great deal of injustice has been done and I’m very disappointed at our justice system; I’m just disappointed in America,” Tabatha Holley, 19, of Atlanta said.

Civil rights leaders, including the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, urged peace in the wake of the verdict. Jackson said the legal system “failed justice,” but violence isn’t the answer.

But not all the protesters heeded those calls immediately after the verdict.

In Oakland, Calif., during protests that began late Saturday night some angry demonstrators broke windows, burned U.S. flags and started street fires. Some marchers also vandalized a police squad car and used spray paint to scrawl anti-police graffiti on roads and Alameda County’s Davidson courthouse.

In Los Angeles, police said a crowd of about 100 protesters surrounded an officer and eventually had to be dispersed by officers firing beanbag rounds.

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  1. There has been endless commentary over what the prosection did or did not do in this case. Was this a perfect case. Of course not, there is no such thing. The only perfect game is in baeball. Did they make some errors, yes, but so did the defense. However, a lot of people, including all of those professional pundits who get paid big $$$ to talk about this. Those six women went into that room with a predetermned notion of letting him get away with murder. Racism is not limited to the male species, dont kid yourself. These lawyers, judges, pundits, and talk show commentators seemed to think women jurors would have been more sensitive. Give me a break! You can analyze and over analyze some scenario where you believe this verdict could have gone another way. Maybe that helps you cope. But if you ever see the great documentary ” eyes on the prize” you see the mothers, wives and girlfriends of these racist men, beating the life out of those trying to cross the Edmind Pettis bridge, and check out what they are doing. They are cheering them on. the only thing missing are Pom Poms.

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