Protestors rally against Zimmerman verdict in Atlanta
by The Associated Press
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Demonstrators cross Marietta Street in Atlanta as they protest Sunday after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Demonstrators cross Marietta Street in Atlanta as they protest Sunday after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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Tabatha Holley, 19, of Dawson, marches in Atlanta on Sunday, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Tabatha Holley, 19, of Dawson, marches in Atlanta on Sunday, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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ATLANTA — A group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta on Sunday to protest neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The rally was one of several being planned in the Atlanta area, and it traveled from the Five Points MARTA station to the CNN Center. Demonstrations were planned around the country.

Protesters also took to the streets of downtown Atlanta in the early Sunday morning hours after a judge in Sanford, Fla., announced that 29-year-old Zimmerman had been cleared.

Zimmerman has claimed that Martin, who was unarmed, attacked him and the shooting was an act of self-defense.

“I came out today because a great deal of injustice has been done and I’m very disappointed at our justice system; I’m just disappointed in America,” Tabatha Holley, 19, of Atlanta said as a crowd of about 75 protesters chanted and carried signs near Centennial Olympic Park.

“I think it’s unfair, and I’m afraid for my future black sons. I’m very afraid for them — that I won’t be able to raise them in a diverse community.”

Some protesters wore hooded sweaters in the 80-degree heat — similar to what Martin was wearing when he was shot — and carried cans of iced tea and bags of Skittles, which Martin was carrying when he was killed.

Word of the rally spread quickly via social media sites on Sunday, with demonstrators using the Twitter hashtag “#MarchForTrayvonATL” to tell others about the rally and to share photos.

Local and state politicians issued statements after the verdict was read expressing dismay with the jury’s decision, and hope that it would start discussions on the intersection of race and justice.

“It seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, said of the verdict. “On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I think it demonstrates the distance this nation still must go to fulfill the vision of equal justice Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life to defend.”

In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he didn’t agree with the verdict but must respect it.

“I find it troubling that a 17-year-old cannot walk to a corner store for candy without putting his life in danger,” he said. “I find it more troubling that a citizen could not see a young African-American youth without immediately concluding that he was up to no good.”

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anonymous
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July 16, 2013
Okay. I have had it. The "black" community needs to take a look at themselves and the changing face of race in America and get with the program. The "black" community discriminates within their own race. I am "white." "White" people don't go around describing people as to the hue of their skin, i.e, light versus dark. The "black" community has described to me people we are having a conversation about as, "You know, the light-skinned girl." Or "you know, the dark-skinned girl." Well, I don't know because I don't look at people as skin pigment. Until the "black" community stops giving itself a pass to discriminate (i.e., Sherri on The View says "black" people are okay to use the "N" word), things will never change. By the way, Sherri, if people are of mixed race, how much of them needs to be "black" in order to be able to use the "N" word and how much of needs to be "white" in order to not be able to use it? I am over self-discrimination. By the way, I think Zimmerman did discriminate and I think he should be in jail as we speak for at least 10 years.
To Kasim Reed
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July 16, 2013
A street drug that is popular in the young urban community is known as Purple Drank or Lean which produces side effects like confusion, agitation, and hallucinations among others.

Purple Drank or Lean is a cocktail that is created by mixing Robitussin or other over-the-counter cough medicines with Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Juice. Trayvon Martin had a FB discussion about scoring Codeine to make it.

And Trayvon Martin was not some defenseless child; he beat George Zimmerman senseless - he was over 6 feet tall and suspended, yet again, from school because he was a trouble maker.

Just going to the store to get candy indeed...
anonymous
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July 19, 2013
You said, "He was over 6 feet tall." Trayvon was 5 feet 11 inches tall. Shows how distorted rumors get in print. Such as yours.
Jose Luis
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July 15, 2013
Zimmerman is minority too..His mother is from Peru..When OJ was found non guilty. It was a "fair" decision. Now when a jury found Zimmerman innocent. It is "unfair and wrong"...
morningi
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July 15, 2013
Marietta news???
Watcher...
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July 15, 2013
Al Sharpton wants to have "Trayvon" marches in over 100 US cities.

Can we expect such a march on the Marietta Square?
Laura A.
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July 15, 2013
Rush Limbaugh cited the case of the south cobb teens (black) who killed the white guy by beating him until he fell into the street and was hit by a car. He cited the MDJ's July 3rd story on the tragedy (on Monday about 1:40 pm) and wondered why cases like this are NEVER brought up by the mainstream media. Of course, he is absolutely right.

MSNBC, where are you on that story? Kevin Foley, how about you? Want to weigh in?
Becky K.
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July 18, 2013
Laura A. you don't know the true facts about the situation to judge the teens. Everyone is trying to compare these teens to Travon case and its not. God Bless You!!!
gatorboy62
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July 15, 2013
Whys is a protest March news worthy. The local news reported a "crowd" of 30 people, the paper now reports 75 and to boot the walked a total of two blocks!

The race baiter, NAACP president Jealous and others are only interested in keeping this in the spotlight to promote their agenda.
Mike In Smyrna
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July 15, 2013
There is a bigger issue – the low information voter, the TMZ induce mindset, the cradle-to-grave entitlement attitudes, a subculture that lacks morals or discipline.

There was trial. Both sides presented their case – the facts and evidence. A jury returned an acquittal – not guilty of the crime with which the defendant had been charged.

I was not a material witness. I do not know all of the facts. I did not sit in the courtroom. Injustice? Did the Atlanta protesters have knowledge of facts and evidence that were withheld form the jury?

Friday, there were more than 20 arrested in a DeKalb Police crackdown. Friday, a Cobb County Police Officer was blindsided and shot. Sunday, arm teen's carjack a women in Union City – one dead. Early Monday, three people were shot in southwest Atlanta – one dead.

Where is the outrage?

the facts are
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July 15, 2013
1. This never should have come to trial.

2,There are no worries about rioting when a minority is found innocent.

3. If our illustrious president hadn't politicized this, we wouldn't have the divisiveness we now have to deal with...which is par for the course.
Apada
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July 15, 2013
There are many more "facts" available, too. There is a website called axiomamnesia that has as much information as I think can be found on this case. MUCH more than we heard about in the trial. Text messages, photos, letters, phone recordings, records, along with the evidence we did see in trial. It gives a better picture of who both of these guys really were. This was not a case of racism at all. Both families ought to sue the media for turning it into one and interfering in Zimmerman's due process.
O.J.
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July 15, 2013
Zimmerman's problems are just starting. Next stop, a civil law suit for wrongful death. And, oh yeah, DOJ is investigating the shooting as a violation of Martin's civil rights.
bagoo weid
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July 15, 2013
I had always wondered why "scared child" Travyon did not call 911 himself and why Zimmermann was the only one calling 911 repeatedly. Than I heard about Travyon's bag of weed in his pocket.

You want to run around with a bag of weed in your pocket attacking strangers in the street, you might get shot!
anonymous
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July 15, 2013
Agreed. Its funny how the prosecutors' constantly referred to him as a "child", when they wouldn't have hesitated to charge him as an adult if he had committed a crime. There was never enough evidence to charge Zimmerman with a crime, but all these outraged people have simply fallen victim to the media and politics.
Lib in Cobb
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July 15, 2013
@bagoo: OK, so martin was holding, BIG DEAL. Your reasoning is narrow minded, shallow headed, not well thought out and very immature. Martin's smoking weed, was never an issue in this case, but it is obvious that this is a real issue with you. Not surprising.

Lib in Cobb
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July 15, 2013
@bag: Yes, Z did call 911 and he ignored their advice of not following Martin. Remember? Z is a wanabee and the gun gave him courage. Z would have never approached Martin without the gun.
FROM TEXAS
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July 15, 2013
George was racially profiled by the liberal media and the biggest racist of all Jesse Jive Jackson and Al I Always Lie Sharpton. The justice department even used our tax dollars foe racist intent helping with parades and pretest. Zimmerman has a lawsuit right there should he be entitled the same amount of money the government used against him. Now the racist NAACP wants the justice department to do what they did to the white cop in Atlanta try him in double japery! They didn’t even follow Florida law the governor violated Zimmerman states’ rights by never having a grand jury convene; they pandered to the National Racist and somehow George isn’t Hispanic but Obama is now black funny how that works. Stop by and get that Denny’s special we will beat your head ten times into the sidewalk if you don’t pass out the breakfast is free and the Band-Aid’s also. If you throw a rock at a car and someone shoots as long as you’re wearing a hoody it’s and they shouldn’t shoot you.
Lib in Cobb
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July 15, 2013
The only comfort I gain from this miscarriage of justice is that GZ will never have peace, he will never feel safe, he will likely live in seclusion for the rest of his days, he will be looking over his shoulder for a very long time.
anonymous
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July 15, 2013
Just a note Lib the blacks can walk through your neighborhood but if you’re white you can’t walk through their neighborhood. What about the white guy that was beat to death by three blacks in Cobb County if it was reversed three whites on one black it would be racist on Al and Jesses would have a parade.
Old timer
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July 15, 2013
I guess you were either an undisclosed witness to this event or at the trial every single minute.
Lib in Cobb
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July 15, 2013
@anon: Any time a person dies at the hand of another it is terrible occurrence. There is no justice sometimes. Were the three black people prosecuted who beat the white man to death? Were they found guilty? What was their sentence?

BTW, you don't know my race, nor do you know where I live.
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