Ohio protesters join thousands nationwide to rally against Zimmerman acquittal

Rev. Al Sharpton, who is leading the call for Florida man to face federal charges in connection with Trayvon Martin’s death.
MCT Regional News
Jul 20, 2013

With calls of “No justice, no peace!” rising above distant rumbles of thunder, dozens of protesters marched around the Ohio Statehouse this afternoon, part of coordinated nationwide protests over George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of unarmed Florida teen-ager Trayvon Martin.

The rally that began outside the federal courthouse in Downtown was one of about 100 similar protests planned for today in cities across the country. The “Justice for Trayvon” rallies announced earlier this week by Rev. Al Sharpton, who is leading the call for Zimmerman to face federal charges in connection with Martin’s death.

Sharpton's National Action Network organized rallies and vigils  from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita, Kan., and Atlanta, where people stood in the rain at the base of the federal courthouse, with traffic blocked on surrounding downtown streets.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges last weekend. His attorneys argued that he killed Martin in self-defense, but the case became a national flashpoint because the armed neighborhood watch volunteer had followed and shot Martin, who was carrying only a bag of Skittles candy and an iced tea.

Local demonstrator James Jones, one of several speakers in Columbus today, said he was tired of being told the Martin case was not “my business.” “He’s everybody’s business!” he shouted to the crowd of about 200.

He and other speakers issued a wider call to end all gun violence that they said claims too many young lives.

“Trayvon Martin is just one of many tragedies,” Jones said. “The shootings have got to stop.”

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By Theodore Decker - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

Whopper2013

What a bunch of bull! Zimmerman was found not guilty in a fair trial but because Trayvon Martin was Black, Sharpton and the other Black Crybabies want the DOJ to string him up. If the DOJ goes after Zimmerman despite the fact that he was acquitted-it just proves that the building blocks that this country was founded on are worthless.

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JudgeMeNot

Sharpton only cares about his bank account.

gene44870

The sad part avbout this , is if it was a black person that shot a white guy , they would have the N.A.A.C.P all over it
If they want to be trested the way they want , they have to abide by the same rules we as whites do
But some People think that they are above the law and when they dont get away with it , they cry to the N.A.A.C.P

I am so sick of People that think they can do what they want and we as law bidding residents should just turn a blind eye .

I know that a lot of People are getting tired of crime and who is doing it , regardless of the color of their skin

You have a black man that shot a sandusky Police officer and another black that is accused of killing a women as well as another black man that is accused of killing a women as well as two small children
Its sickins me that people of color think they can do this and think that we are just suppose to turn our heads the other way.
And before anyone says anything , yes this applies to the one white guy in the jail right now facing murder charges for killing the boy .

Howdydoody

@gene..I hope you go back and re read you comment, the part about all the black men and yes ONE white man.BS. White men kill there wives and children, rape and rob and do as many drugs as black men. Most serial killers are white. Like another poster wrote under another article. IT IS NOT ILLIGAL FOR A BLACK CHILD OR MAN TO WALK DOWN A STREET IN AMERICA. He has the same rights as you!

swiss family

wow the clan meeting must have just let out seeing as the bigots have spoken...you seem to be missing the point... when Zimmerman shot Travon.. and killed him.. he was held in jail for questioning for 3 hours and then released without any charges or restrictions and was even given back his murder weapon..... take race out of it, if you can and imagine that anyone shot and killed anyone you knew or Loved or were related to or neighbors of, how would you feel if they were shot dead and the shooter was released with no charges after 3 hours and with the weapon of interest?????

don't you see, that when you use terms that you have used like "they" them" their" you are grouping all people like the person you are referring to into a category, which is saying "US" VS "THEM" opinions which is what racism and "profiling" is all about...in my opinion

oh my oh my

The clan meeting hasn't even started. Anyone who thinks this should be about race is pretty ignorant because Zimmerman isn't even white, he's Hispanic.

happyfeet64

Agree!

Whopper2013

The only racist issue in this case is that the NAACP didn't get the verdict that they wanted so they cry and whine and protest until they get their way.

They did get 2 things right though: No Justice-because if Zimmerman gets convicted of federal charges IT ISN'T JUSTICE; and since the NAACP won't leave it alone, nobody will have any peace!

Howdydoody

@Swiss, WELL SAID. A person with some humanity. And Heart.

buttermaker

Only in Obama's America can a Hispanic person kill an African-American person in self defense, and white people be accused of racism.

2sense

I watched the tv interview with the one juror and got a much better insight as to what transpired. I believe she was presented with FACTS and evidence not merely an opinion. I think after review she felt it was self defense.The population can now offer their beliefs based on personal thoughts and opinions.

Now The Rest of...

Its called the rule of law, this country has the fairest justice system in the world, if you disagree you are free to move.

swiss family

@ Now The Rest of............you are right .. "if you disagree, you are free to move"... as you pointed out... OR you can do what GREAT people do , and stay and try to change what is wrong with the system...

arnmcrmn

The guy was found by 6 women to be innocent. Self defense.

happyfeet64

I'm not moving anywhere,just because I disagree. But, what I will do is try my damnedest to speak out and change the law that I see to be wrong! That is my right as an American. So your flippant comment can get stuffed!

Now The Rest of...

Change what law, the stand your ground law was not used, are you talking about the entire American criminal justice system? If you are your comment is not flippant, its displays total ignorance of the facts.

deertracker

Some of you can take off your white hoods. We can't se you behind your computer keyboard!

Now The Rest of...

Suggest you remove your Black Panther uniform.

deertracker

How many crosses did the Black Panther's burn in people's yards or how many people did they hang from trees?

Now The Rest of...

How many voters did the Black Panthers intimidate in that last two elections?

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JudgeMeNot

deerwacker is speechless on that one.

Howdydoody

How many? I didn't see any outside my polling station.

JACKEL

Hey Deerrapper,I hear they are going to Az.next and march in protest of those three blacks that raped and killed the 80 year old lady.By the way the White Hoods were Dumacrats.

WASP71

You won't recognize me. My name was Antonio West and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy's peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty...too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.

My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.

I am one of the youngest murder victims in our Nation's history, but the media doesn't care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me - so he doesn't care and the media doesn't care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.

There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller - I no longer have my life.

So while you are seeking justice for Trayvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.

Thank you.

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Whopper2013

Well Said @WASP71

ladydye_5

**like**

deertracker

If you want justice, ask the justice system! The representation you seek is there just not for you. How does it feel?

somescrewyname

wasp71 you make a very good point.........a very good point. I hope soon someone gets to ask obama that question,along with al sharpton, the naacp, and jessie jackson

Howdydoody

What about the white man who grabbed his 2 boys from the social worker and blew himself and those inocent boys to bits. They were his children. It's not a black or white problem it's a big wake up call for all!!!

tiredofthecrap

re: swiss. call us bigots if you like but you are just brain-dead. They... them... are making this the biggest racial issue in this country. Now we have the first BLACK Pres.. and he is also making this a racial issue. Get over yourself. If a person black or white started beating the sh=t out of me I would shoot them too. You need to check into this kids past and get a better look at who he was. Anger issues up the as+. Now go have your cocktail and shut-up

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