Chattanooga residents protest Zimmerman verdict

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Updated: 7/15/2013 12:02 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Less than 24-hours after George Zimmerman was found not-guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Concerned Citizens for Justice held a rally in Chattanooga like other organizations in other cities across the nation.

Despite the heat and strong humidity, protestors wore hooded jackets like the one worn by the late Trayvon Martin the night he was shot to death in Sanford Florida. They held signs to show their disappointment toward the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial;a verdict that acquitted Zimmerman of second degree murder and manslaughter.

"We feel anger, frustration and mourning because of the loss of Trayvon Martin. His life individually is valuable and we also recognize that this thing happens all over the country;In our city and in our state and we want to make sure that we created a space for people to be able to talk about it," said rally organizer Ash-Lee Henderson.

Nothing was left off the table during the rally. Different speakers got in front of a crowd of people to talk about everything from the racial aspects of the trial to history repeating itself.

"Racism is power plus privilege," said one speaker.

"It could be you next. Suppose it's your son. Suppose it's me," said another speaker who spoke with passion.

The rally also allowed protestors to talk about the Stand Your Ground Law. The Florida version of that law was at the center of the Zimmerman murder trial since Zimmerman claimed he killed Martin in self-defense.

"Tennessee has a stand your ground law that could have made my brother the Trayvon Martin that everyone is talking about now," said Henderson.

Despite protest in other cities which have shown signs of violence, the protest inside Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga was without incident.

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Daniel - 7/15/2013 10:02 AM
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A couple comments about the article: 1. Florida's stand your ground law was never at the center of this trial. The Defense Attorneys didn't want (or need) to go anywhere near it, as this was a case of self-defense, which is different (in Florida law) from stand your ground. The attorneys in no way wanted this one case to be a jumping off point for the elimination or removal of any stand your ground law. 2. The tragedy in this case does not start with Trayvon Martin being killed. It starts long before that, with the continual and relentless pursuit by satan of the family as God designed it. Father and mother, married, raising children together. When this plan is deviated from, tragedy happens. The tragedy was the fact that Trayvon's parents didn't have the support from their community to stay married. The tragedy was, although his father was still in his life, Trayvon didn't have the support to make sound decisions, which would have kept him out of trouble (information that was suppressed during the trial regarding his run-ins with the law). These are the things that happen when we thumb our nose at Gods ways. 3. All of these tragedies occurred before his encounter with George Zimmerman.

shahaw - 7/15/2013 8:04 AM
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I don't think the shooting was racial in any way. T.Martin was looking to cause trouble (he was a troublemaker) Martins mother in the very beginning said "this was an accident" then afterward she took it all back. Justice was served. Get over it

David - 7/15/2013 6:19 AM
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Racial profiling may be wrong but it certainly didn’t give Trayvon Martin the right to assault George Zimmerman. End of story.
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