Hundreds Turn Up For Trayvon Martin Rally And March In Jasper

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

By Garin Flowers
July 19, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Chanting, prayer and even dance were all part of a rally Friday planned in light of the George Zimmerman acquittal.

After the Zimmerman verdict, people like Shawnetta Davis and Tiara Allen have planned rallies. This group in Jasper marched from near the Hamilton courthouse to this park screaming justice for Trayvon Martin.

"People care, they want change," Davis said.

"I just wanted for the community to come together. After we heard the verdict, we were all stunned."

People across the country have been marching and rallying asking for the Justice Department to bring federal charges against George Zimmerman and here in Florida, people have been calling on Governor Rick Scott to repeal Stand Your Ground, but that may not happen since he agrees with the law as it is.

"I'm not gonna call a special session, I don't believe right now Stand Your ground should be changed," Governor Rick Scott said to protesters Wednesday.

The rally also made calls of justice for Kendrick Johnson. The teen was the same age as Trayvon Martin, and was found dead in the Lowndes County High school gymnasium.

His cause of death was ruled accidental, though Johnson's family still has unanswered questions.

"God has the last say so and we are gonna keep praying that justice is served for both of those families," said Willie Mae Williams, who attended the rally.

The organizers of the rally thanked the local police department and city leaders for helping them to make sure the march was held safely.


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