Thousands Protest Acquital Of George Zimmerman


After the recent verdict by the jury stating George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, not guilty resulted in many rallies formed to protest in some of the America’s largest cities. People are voicing their anger with the acquittal of Zimmerman after he said he shot Martin in self-defense after the teen attacked him.

Protesters in Sanford, Florida expressed their solidarity with Martin by holding up signs calling for an end to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows people fearing for their lives to use deadly force if they believe their lives are at risk. Up until late Sunday, roughly 200 demonstrators sang songs of justice while carrying signs that read “Racism is Not Dead.” In San Francisco, protesters carried yellow signs that said “the whole system is racist” and “the people say guilty” as they marched down Mission Street. Although this march dispersed peacefully a little after 10 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET), a similar protest downtown Oakland ended with numerous buildings, cars being vandalized and the setting of random fires.

Thousands of demonstrators in New York City rallied from Union Square to the tourist-heavy Times Square last night, where police reported 10 were arrested for disorderly conduct.

“This is a show of strength, but it’s also a show of solidarity with the (Martin) family because last night what happened was complete disrespect to them,” said Imani Henry, an activist with the People’s Power Assembly who had come for the protest in New York City’s Union Square Sunday afternoon. “We want to show love and respect to them.”

George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation, but the company strongly denies the allegation.