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Hundreds in Youngstown join nationwide rallies for Trayvon Martin

Published: Sat, July 20, 2013 @ 7:16 p.m.


Kendrick Mickel Jr.’s sense of safety and security can perhaps be best summed up by the sign next to him.

“I heard the verdict and it was not right,” the 16-year-old East High School junior said, referring to the July 13 acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Holding a sign that read “I’m a black teenager walking, don’t shoot!”, Mickel was one of more than 300 children, teens and adults who attended Saturday’s “Justice for Trayvon” rally outside Mahoning County Courthouse, downtown.

Several attendees carried signs with sayings such as, “No justice, no peace.” Attached to some were packages of Skittles candies and iced-tea bottles, both of which Martin had as he walked through the gated community before Zimmerman shot the unarmed teen and claimed self-defense.

The 90-minute gathering was to call attention to what many people see as a gross miscarriage of justice regarding the six-woman jury’s verdict, while calling for federal charges of murder or civil-rights violations against Zimmerman.

Themed “It’s not a moment, it’s a movement,” the peaceful rally also demanded the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which expands the legal threshold allowing people to use deadly force for self-defense if they feel confronted with imminent danger. Nearly two dozen states have enacted such legislation.

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1republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years ago

Trayvonn threw the first punch. Never throw the first punch.

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2excel(1307 comments)posted 3 years ago


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3AtownAugie(891 comments)posted 3 years ago

300?? Wow, WKBN's cameras must have been there at the wrong time -- looked like 30 or 40 on their Saturday news.

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4bumbob(146 comments)posted 3 years ago

It was good for this rally to happen. Zimmerman will most possibly face federal charges and really get the sentence he deserves.

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5ANTIYOUNGSTOWN(253 comments)posted 3 years ago

I need clarification so I am asking for a clear, logical explanation. Feel free to respond if anyone can.

Innocent until proven guilty. That is how the law works, correct? As I understand it the situation played out as such. Zimmerman calls in a suspicious person in the area. He receives advice not to continue pursuit but does anyway. To this point we know no law had been broken. There was no indication or proof at this time that Trayvon was being racially profiled since Zimmerman did not use any racial slurs.
Now, we go to a conversation that Trayvon was having on his cell phone at or about the same time. As the witness said on the stand under oath, Trayvon said he was being followed by a creepy-*** cracker. (A racial slur).

Moving forward, no one but Zimmerman truly knows who was the aggressor. No one witnessed who really threw the first punch but there were witnesses saying Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman beating him. So, these are the facts as I understand them.

My questions are, by the facts of the case how is this a case of injustice? How can people say this is a travesty? A tragedy, yes. Are people really looking for justice? Or is it vengeance they want?

This is an honest question. I`m just looking for someone to clarify. No "what if`s" or "what someone should have done".

A court of law does not deal with "what if`s."

If my facts are correct I want to understand how when presented with facts, can someone disregard them, form an opinion without any proof, then expect to make a strong, respectable arguement. How do you protest about something you truly do not know about?

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