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Vigils set in 100 cities in Travyon Martin case

By Verena Dobnik

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:49 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2013

NEW YORK » Vigils in 100 cities are being planned for Saturday over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing.

The Rev. Al Sharpton says his organization will hold prayer vigils and rallies will be held in front of federal buildings. Sharpton joins the NAACP and others calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in Martin's 2012 shooting death in Florida.

Largely peaceful rallies were held Sunday in cities across the country. There were some arrests in Los Angeles, where more than 100 police officers in riot gear converged on a crowd of about 80 protesters.

Sharpton has urged peace, saying any violence would mar Martin's name.

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palani wrote:
Right, Al Sharpton, the race-baiting provocateur, is now preaching peace.


on July 15,2013 | 05:50AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Race-gaiters like Sharpton are the ones holding back minorities. They feed them lies and make them feel like victims which holds back the entire community from getting better.
on July 15,2013 | 06:04AM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's hypocritical to say that they respect the law process and then in the next sentence say that justice was not served for Trayvon Martin. It's hypocritical for the NCAAP and others to not respect the six women jurors who had to give up three weeks of their lives to listen to a ridiculous prosecution case for murder when they couldn't even prove manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt. It's hypocritical for the prosecutors to go on tv and say that they truly believed there was enough evidence for murder when they obviously didn't believe it themselves.
on July 15,2013 | 06:57AM
control wrote:
the problem is the politicians, sports people, actors like jamie fox and the news media are hyping up this case. the other problem is that many feel that since someone died they want some payback, not realizing that there are dozens of black men that die weekly. It's just that this is a "white" versus black thing. If you watch cnn and the news channels you see so much hate and anger being created from people who question the verdict, and these channels keep showing pictures of a 12 year old boy to garner sympathy. Why don't they show pictures from trayvon's page, the ones with him with gold teeth and tattoos? they are doing it to inflame and keep the public angry and involved so their ratings go up.
on July 15,2013 | 10:18AM
Tarball wrote:
I didn't see Sharpton and Jesse Jackson protesting the OJ verdict! What if this were a black on black situation?
on July 15,2013 | 07:20AM
Kahu Matu wrote:
People need to move on. Trayvon was no saint and he did something very stupid in picking a fight with someone who had a gun. Hopefully we can learn from this this senseless death, but these Trayvon protests are merely fueling more race divisiveness and not seeking to heal a broken community/nation.
on July 15,2013 | 07:32AM
cojef wrote:
Sharpton and Jackson are revered in their communities for their stand on civil rights. However, when the race card is carried to extremes, it loses its effectiveness by the acts of vandalism committed by the unruly that uses the incident or issue to ferment deeper distrust for their race. Respect of the law must be honored. Only by doing so can your race move forward and gain respect that is cherished. The words, "we must overcome" means work within the laws of Our Nation, respectfully. The Japanese have a term, "ga mun", which in some instances is over used, but nevertheless, is the peaceful way to face adversities, and thereby avoid the crisis that can explode into violence. The consequences are too costly to the community.
on July 15,2013 | 07:50AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"People need to move on". ... And there's one person who will really be moving ... and be in hiding for life ... Zimmerman. He's a marked man. And that's advice from his family, friends and the police.
on July 15,2013 | 08:01AM
scooters wrote:
Guy's like Sharpton are the ones who help segregate our society!!
on July 15,2013 | 07:46AM
serious wrote:
You are correct and they have a fellow traveler in the White House who has to put in his two cents for the kid that would have looked like his son. Obama should sit down and do something constructive like that budget that's five years overdue.
on July 15,2013 | 08:40AM
Aieagrl wrote:
This is how the media messes with your brain... Picture shows a kid standing in front of a wall that says, "End Racism". All the while he is holding a sign declaring his race.
on July 15,2013 | 08:03AM
TigerEye wrote:
How is holding a sign declaring his race, racist?
on July 15,2013 | 08:54AM
gtracer66 wrote:
Where are the "vigils" for Zimmerman? He is still alive, but his life is ruined. He will need to look over his shoulder in case someone thinks they know better than our legal system. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson no longer can claim to be civil rights leaders. They have sunk to level of rabble rousers, extortionist & thugs. They thrive on division of the races. If the races would stop being at odds with each other, Sharpton and Jackson would be out of a job.
on July 15,2013 | 08:03AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Zimmerman ruined his own life. It started after he IGNORED the 911 dispatcher.
on July 15,2013 | 08:20AM
Pacej001 wrote:
He wasn't talking to a 911 dispatcher. Florida has a non-emergency police number. That dispatcher has no legal authority to restrict a caller. However, I agree that Zimmerman's judgement in getting out of his car was terrible. The police should handle things like this. On the other hand, his neighborhood had been burglarized and home-invaded repeatedly and the police didn't handle it, so maybe that was his motivation. What ever the case, following someone and asking them a question, if that's what happened, isn't a crime.
on July 15,2013 | 08:40AM
hanalei395 wrote:
No one is talking about "legal authority". It was advice that this fool IGNORED.
on July 15,2013 | 08:55AM
control wrote:
maybe he ignored the advice because he wanted to make sure that a suspicious person didn't do anything in his neighborhood? guess we all should back off and let criminals roam free, calling police who may arrive minutes to many minutes before they arrive? Let the criminals do a snatch and grab or even disappear in someone's carport or house to commit crime?
on July 15,2013 | 10:14AM
lee1957 wrote:
There is no law against bad judgement.
on July 15,2013 | 12:03PM
hanalei395 wrote:
You're right. There is no law against Zimmerman being a fool.
on July 15,2013 | 12:16PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
While I believe the verdict was correct because there was no compelling evidence to prove murder or manslaughter, Zimmerman brought this on himself by not following the instructions of police to stop following Martin. If he had followed their instructions, Martin would be alive and Zimmerman would not have his life ruined. Having a gun has this effect on some people. It gives them a false sense of power.
on July 15,2013 | 08:20AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Unfortunately you are correct in the fact that Zimmerman could have avoided this incident by remaining in his car and letting the police interview Martin instead of confronting him....A neighbor watch is exactly what is.....you watch for suspious activities and call for the police instead of trying to personally intervene...Zimmerman although armed lacked the training and know how and should have followed the dispatcher's instructions and waited instead......
on July 15,2013 | 08:50AM
control wrote:
so you would let a suspicious person roam the neighborhood waiting for police to arrive? What happens if it takes the police 15 minutes to arrive? The person could disappear in someone's house and rob them. you guys keep using the dispatcher "recommendation" as gospel. zimm had no law forbidding him to not follow a suspicious person.
on July 15,2013 | 10:11AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
There was no indication that Martin was committing or had committed any crime other than going thru Zimmerman's neighborhood and looking suspicious as you put it....the police are trained to deal with this type of incidents and Zimmerman wasn't......
on July 15,2013 | 10:28AM
TigerEye wrote:
And, you keep bringing up this "what if he disappeared into someone's house" scenario when that point is absolutely moot. Yes, there is no law forbidding someone from following another, just as there is no law forbidding a kid from walking home from a store at night.
on July 15,2013 | 10:47AM
hawaiikone wrote:
But there is a law that doesn't allow pounding someone's head on concrete.
on July 15,2013 | 12:06PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Which means,...... with Zimmerman's head being "pounded on concrete", his skull was bashed, smashed in.
on July 15,2013 | 12:34PM
hawaiikone wrote:
If he wasn't armed that would have probably been the result.
on July 15,2013 | 04:37PM
hawaiikone wrote:
"Martin would be alive and Zimmerman would not have his life ruined." Zimmerman would most likely be dead. Which wouldn't even have been news outside of Florida. Two people, Martin and Zimmerman, made stupid moves. And both have and will pay the price for them.
on July 15,2013 | 08:54AM
control wrote:
and if martin was a crook he might have disappeared in someone house to rob them. the instructions were not law, a dispatcher is not actually a trained police officer. if anything you should blame the concealed carry laws for this incident. but then we don't have concealed carry laws (public here cannot carry) but there is still crime (stabbings) and death.
on July 15,2013 | 10:09AM
TigerEye wrote:
So, you would be okay with someone following you around for several blocks because your looks made him suspicious? I mean, what if they didn't follow you and you went into someone's house and robbed them, or worse?
on July 15,2013 | 10:17AM
hanalei395 wrote:
TigerEye, ...you got control thinking.
on July 15,2013 | 10:49AM
Dbung wrote:
I would call the police.
on July 15,2013 | 11:58AM
primo1 wrote:
Zimmerman has no one else to blame for his predicament but himself. He used extremely poor judgement and will now be "on the lam" for the rest of his life. It wasn't enough for him to just do what mall cops are supposed to do - "observe and report". He didn't have to physically engage Martin just for walking through the neighborhood. Forget about moving out of state - dude might have to leave the country.
on July 15,2013 | 09:52AM
control wrote:
we have no idea what happenned. like the media you are just putting words into a story to create a hostile situation. We don't know if he actually engaged martin or was just following him. As for leaving his truck, if I were neighborhood watch and my neighborhood had some criminal activity and I saw someone walking around I would follow him also until he left my neighborhood. Even if I called hpd and they said to not follow I wouldn't want that person to disappear in someone's house, I would follow to make sure it didn't happen. I'm surprised that the defense didn't bring that up in the trial.
on July 15,2013 | 10:05AM
TigerEye wrote:
"we have no idea what happenned. " Words to live by... Which is why it is kind of useless for you to go on in such detail about what you would have done what Martin could have done.
on July 15,2013 | 10:22AM
64hoo wrote:
no your getting wrong ideas walking through the neighborhood watching to much tv news which don.t know nothing. listening to the radio news is better. what I found out was after trayvon left his dads house he decided to walk through a gated neighborhood trespassing on other peoples property close to the houses so he would not get wet from the rain, lot of these senior citizens houses were getting burglarized. when Zimmerman saw trayvon trespassing, he called 911 and they told him not to follow trayvon but as a security watchmen for that neighborhood he had everyright to follow and question him, he could not wait for the police to arrive they don.t get there fast enough and Zimmerman thought that travon was probably looking to scope houses out. so Zimmerman is paid by those neighbors to protect there homes from being burglarized. all trayvon had to do when he left his fathers house stay on the sidewalk instead of trespassing on other peoples property. then there would not have been this confrontation that took his life. Zimmerman was doing his job. that's what he got paid for to protect those houses.
on July 15,2013 | 04:43PM
TigerEye wrote:
"Where are the "vigils" for Zimmerman? He is still alive..." Asked and answered.
on July 15,2013 | 10:26AM
Grimbold wrote:
I love their signs: "we are all Trayvon Martins". That's exactly why we should be afraid of young black man.
on July 15,2013 | 09:12AM
hanalei395 wrote:
"We"? ... (Grimbold peepees in his pants when he sees young black men).
on July 15,2013 | 09:26AM
TigerEye wrote:
Maybe you should organize a "we are all James Holmes" counter-protest...?
on July 15,2013 | 09:40AM
SteveToo wrote:
Still waiting for the Ghetto gangs to riot for free goodies as they break into stores.
on July 15,2013 | 09:56AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Lets hope that doesn't happen and it seems that cooler heads have prevailed since there been reports of very little rioting in different cities thru out the U.S.....
on July 15,2013 | 10:16AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I keep hearing about this 17 year old black kid like 17 year old kids are helpless . When Labron James was an 18 year old "kid" he was already playing in the NBA.
on July 15,2013 | 12:06PM
alohacharlie wrote:
Isn't it a shame that the jurors in this case followed Florida law in rendering their decision. Do you really think that this case would have gotten all the national attention and TV time that it has gotten if the dead person would have been white?
on July 15,2013 | 12:31PM
ufried wrote:
ahhhhhhh, hope and change at work. most divisive admin EVER. stay away from our guns and money, and YOU can keep your CHANGE...
on July 15,2013 | 01:11PM
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