Protestors in Utica rally against "Stand your Ground" laws after Zimmerman verdict
While hundreds of protests have sprung up across the country over the last week after the verdict in the Zimmerman trial, protestors were out in Utica Thursday. The rally called "justice for Trayvon - Justice for All" was a protest against "Stand your Ground" laws.
Protestors blame the shooting and the verdict on that law in Florida. George Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin on Saturday.
They also were rallying to end stop and risk and racial profiling practices.
One of the protesters spoke out against Stand Your Ground as a possibility in New York State. Diane Berry says,"there are legislators that are trying to introduce it and it's not gotten traction yet and we want to make sure we keep it out of New York State but we also want to stand for justice for everyone."
Gayle Holmes was one of the several dozen who was out at the rally. "It has been very passionate. This city is a very small city, but nevertheless we do pull together at times like this," says Holmes. "It spans financial barriers, it spans education. It's not about being poor or rich. There are people who financially backed Mr.. Zimmerman."
Diane Berry came out alongside Helen Jackson as they heard cars honk in response to their chanting. "That is what the mood is here, adamant. It's not angry, it's adamant," says Berry.
"Nationwide the killing is just crazy, brutality needs to be captured, there needs to be a lid put on top of this," says Jackson.
John Furman is an organizer for today's rally. "Our goal is to make certain that we create a long term movement, and we want to make certain that no one ever again will be victimized like Trayvon Martin," says Furman.
They hope the rally raises awareness to prevent future tragedies like the shooting of Trayvon Martin.