This was the scene from Times Square where thousands of protesters marched from Union Square to 42nd street and later to Park Avenue to let their voices be heard after the verdict was read in the George Zimmerman trial, as the neighborhood watchman was acquitted of all 2nd degree and manslaughter charges for the killing of 17 year old Travyvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
The all-woman jury, consisting of six mothers as well, set free the man who most of America believe got away with cold blooded murder—and if that’s not enough—a few distraught celebs let their feelings be known, too.
In what began as a peaceful rally became a little chaotic, as cops forcefully moved several demonstrators at about 2 a.m. Although it was reported that a few arrests were made, it has mostly been a non-violent stance by folks who are still in complete shock after the verdict.
“It’s hard to comprehend what I saw on the television screen tonight … If (Zimmerman’s) able to get off this easily, what example does this set for people like him?” said Aaron Black, 39, a consultant from the Bronx. “I’m shocked. He should be doing jail time. I am fuming right now.”
By standing up for the slain teenager, organizers said they hoped the impromptu showing of protesters, which originally spread through social media, would display the public’s unrest with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
“People are upset, they’re angry because they felt that Trayvon deserved justice. His parents, Tracy and Sybrina, deserve justice,” said Thenjiwe M., 26. “The state of Florida told not just black people, but everybody, that Trayvon’s life didn’t matter. That the lives of other young black people in similar situations don’t matter.”
As seen all over Twitter and Facebook, people have come out to protest across the states and cities nationwide, from Oakland, to Los Angeles, to Boston and San Francisco.
Source: NY Daily News