DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hundreds of protestors gathered in front of Dallas City Hall Sunday to rally against the not guilty verdict handed down to George Zimmerman.
After a trial, then subsequent deliberations that began Friday, a jury issued its verdict Saturday night on the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of Zimmerman.
The six jurors, all women, were given the option of convicting Zimmerman of manslaughter, and after several hours of deliberation, asked for clarification on the charge.
There were several protests in the city; many people expressing dismay at the jury’s decision.
“It’s about the fact that in the United States of America if you kill a young black man you can get away with it,” said protestor Dan Sullivan.
Many of the protestors CBS 11 spoke to said they wanted to raise awareness about the case and what went wrong with it.
“As far as it being self defense I cannot understand how you can go and hunt down a man carrying a gun and then kill him and then that’s self defense,” said Sullivan.
But some North Texans do believe justice was served.
“I think if he was found ‘Not Guilty’ it was probably for a good reason that he did what he did to defend what he thought he was defending, either his property or his neighborhood,” said Fort Worth resident Jennifer Blankenship.
Claudia Fowler with the Dallas Chapter of the NAACP encouraged the younger generation to continue to fight racism and racial profiling.
“An unharmed youth can get gunned down in America and nothing happens to his killer. That says a lot. That speaks volumes about about what they say about your life and lifes worth, ” she said.
The crowd marched, sang and chanted to end the demonstration, vowing to continue to fight for justice for Trayvon.
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