New Yorkers Protest After Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case

Sunday, July 14, 2013

At least 1,000 people -- and possibly many more -- took to New York streets and into Times Square Sunday evening in response to the Florida verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

The march started with a rally in Union Square at 6 p.m., where people chanted "no justice, no peace" and "all power to the people." The crowd left the park, marching through the East Village and the Flatiron District before turning north.

A police line at 34th Street stopped marchers moving up Seventh Avenue, and officers were heard telling protesters to "keep it civil." The crowd then moved to, and up, Eighth Avenue. They cheered as they reached the lights and honking cabs of Times Square about 9 p.m., and later sat in the street -- fully blocking traffic.

Part of the crowd later reached Harlem, marching up Malclom X Boulevard. After midnight, some continued into the Bronx over the 145th St. Bridge, according to a tweet by Daily News reporter Irving DeJohn.

Live video streamed by protesters showed a handful of people detained in a scuffle with police on the Upper East Side, but the NYPD would not say whether any arrests were made as of late Sunday. Overall the protests were peaceful, with the police allowing them to continue and directing traffic along the way.

The crowd skewed young, and one could feel the influence of Occupy Wall Street, which had promoted the rally. But early in the evening, the march also included families with children.

Sunday afternoon, several memorials were written in chalk on Union Square's sidewalks reading "we are all Trayvon." One had the outline of a body with a can of Arizona ice tea and bag of Skittles, items Martin had bought and was carrying the evening he was killed 17 months ago.

City Councilman Jumanne Williams among the protesters, wearing a black hoodie with white lettering that read "unarmed civilian."

Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg is taking aim at Florida's and other states' so-called "stand-your-ground" laws, which allow deadly force when someone feels threatened. He says they can "inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly."

While not commenting directly on the verdict, Bloomberg did criticize what he called "shoot first" laws, saying they're drafted by gun lobby extremists and let people "shoot first and argue 'justifiable homicide later."

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City Councilmember Jumaane Williams leads protest at Union Square against not guilty verdict in George Zimmerman trial.
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Protesters at Union Square made memorials for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman.
At least 1,000 protesters march down Broadway from Union Square Sunday in response to Florida verdict
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At least 1,000 protesters march down Broadway from Union Square Sunday in response to Florida verdict
Demonstrators head north toward Times Square during a rally protesting the George Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin
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Demonstrators head north toward Times Square during a rally protesting the George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin
Marchers make it to 42nd Street, are greeted by honking cabs during a rally protesting the George Zimmerman 'not guilty' verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin
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Marchers make it to 42nd Street, are greeted by honking cabs during a rally protesting the George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin
Protesters hold an image of Trayvon Martin in front of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square.
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Protesters hold an image of Trayvon Martin in front of the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square.


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Comments [12]

John Balbosa from Neptune NJ

This is the big picture;Trayvon decided to face his stalker Zimmerman.Words were exchange,Zimmerman went for his gun NOT his cellphone as stated ,and Trayvon had no choice but to (defend himself)so he strike out first.Any quick thinking person would have reacted like Trayvon.Does any one really believe Zimmerman went for his phone in his pocket.What does a cop do when he feels some one is reaching for a weapon.Well, TRAYVON HAD NO GUN SO HE USED HIS FIST.Also, Zimmerman said he felt Trayvon hand was reaching for his gun, so like "Hercules"he squeezed Trayvons hand against his (zimmerman)chest with his right hand AND with the said right hand he drew his gun and shot him.The prosecutors never exploited that piece of "BS"

Jul. 17 2013 07:05 PM
J Shulman from NYC

When the dead guy was unarmed and on foot, and the survivor was armed and mobile, anything else is just smokescreen and lawyers. Look at the big picture. The defense could only claim insanity or concoct a self-defense scenario. This is a tragedy for no purpose. Bitterness and cynicism is the sad result. Zimmermans life should be ruined. Why do we let a sick guy like GZ have so much in his hands. An insanity defense would have inflicted less harm on us all.

Jul. 16 2013 09:42 PM
scallywag from New York

At the heart of the protests one senses is the common man’s frustration that one man can have his life taken away by another man whilst that man not being held accountable. Yet for as much as one can be rightly agitated at the state of affairs with the justice system one in the end can not fault jurors and lawyers of simply doing their job but that of a justice system which has increasingly become skewed, archaic and beset with a legacy that historically has been to the detriment and degradation of minors, African Americans, the poor and the disenfranchised. A discussion which one wonders has been hijacked and polarized by civil activists, politicians and the media alike...

Jul. 15 2013 04:24 PM
john237 from usa

AMERICA FAILED? Yes, under the black President, America failed to deliver any meaningful civil rights improvements to the black community. If the T. Martin's case was an isolated one, no one would have wasted their single tear, but America's jails are filled with millions of Martins, and thousand of Martins have been mercilessly killed with minor fault or no fault. If Obama and so called other white and non-white Organizations, who are shedding their crocodile tears for the last 2 days on this event, really would like to correct the failure of our Court system; they should force the Congress and Senate to form a high level civil rights Commission to inquire the defects of the Court system including unlawful and racial arrest, killings and punishing of black and Latino youths, and stop filling our jails with these unfortunate human beings.

Jul. 15 2013 01:39 PM
Concerned New Yorker

Who's so innocent in life? GZ had severe anger issues that caused him to lose his job and have court mandated anger management classes. TM might not have been perfect but he most certainly didn't deserve to die. And are you saying that if one black person does something wrong, all black people should be considered a threat? Gee, I guess after people like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, all white men are suspects?? Also GZ's injuries were not substantial. Substantial head injuries do not end with 2 bandaids, no concussion nor stiches. That is a fact. ER's do take xrays and if there was a concern that his nose was broken, an xray would've been taken. The scary thing is people see a bit of blood and swollen skin and think that something extreme had to occur. TM had every right to defend himself, stand his ground and be where he was walking as slow or as fast as he wanted and looking at whatever he wanted to look at. He was minding his business. GZ was not, killed someone and has yet to even say sorry. How does one (right or wrong) take another person's life and not feel remorse and then dare say it was part of God's plan? I don't want him to be harmed, but I hope and pray that GZ doesn't get a moment's peace until he finally realizes the impact of his actions.

Jul. 15 2013 01:34 PM
L. from Bergen County

Trayvon was not so innocent, he was profiled by Zimmerman for good reason, wandering around in the dark in a neighborhood that had several prior home invasions. Yes it's sad he's dead, but some evidence that was not highlighted or even hidden: Trayvon had a record; he was involved in a local robbery -

Jul. 15 2013 12:01 PM
Ann from NJ

This is a terrible tragedy, but Trayvon Martin was clearly beating this guy up. As the defense said, had he been shot in the hip and lived, he (Trayvon) would have been charged with assault. Comparing Trayvon with Rodney King is ridiculous. The cases are not at all alike. This was completely media driven. The media was so completely biased. This is very sad, but the conversation has been very one sided. George Zimmerman's injuries were substantial. This was not racial, he was reacting to a rash of crimes in his area. I actually heard one anchor on MSNBC apologizing for all white people.

Jul. 15 2013 10:16 AM
Dennis Lonergan from Manhattan

I am so tired of this argument that "a lot is not known" about what happened between the two of them. A lot is NEVER known about what happens in a murder when only the killer survives. Do we need a videotape of every murder to convict? It's ridiculous, and shows the susceptibility of the media, the public and the jury to the trumped up fakery of the defense.

Jul. 15 2013 10:12 AM

Our lowest expectations have been fulfilled. Another sorry day for legislatures and the criminal justice system. I only hope the protests continue, especially in Florida and states with these ridiculous gun laws. What Zimmerman did was hateful, but he himself is a pathetic character and a product of a society that promotes stereotyping, paranoia and aggression. The criminal justice system is only encouraging a vicious cycle which is ultimately unsustainable, and the eventual blow-back for all of us will be even worse if we do not learn how to live in civility and understanding and respect human life above possessions and territories.

Jul. 14 2013 11:17 PM

cops saying keep it civil,yet they were brutal to people in Zucotti park;and had no problem pepper-spraying people point blank in the face. people who are on their side no less. so much,for the average neanderthal cop.

Jul. 14 2013 10:05 PM
flower from somewhere in law sucks

Zimmerman and Casey case sound like its OK to kill kids...Gray she shouldn't of been at the house but we don't know if she went to visit or pick up her kids..good thing she had a gun but at the same time was the wrong thing to do trying to defend Zimmerman just cause he didn't make it to be a cop does t mean he had to act like one...poor kids now are dead Kids are our future what the hell is wrong with these wrong they had a future.

Jul. 14 2013 07:21 PM
suzinne from Bronx

Knew this was going to erupt, and but really holding Trayvon Martin up as some kind of civil rights hero? No, he shouldn't have been killed, but

Jul. 14 2013 07:09 PM

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