The verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of killing Trayvon Martin on self-defense grounds sparked protests around the country. Many took the verdict as another sign that African Americans don’t have the same rights to life, liberty and a fair trial in the United States. If they did, then Trayvon Martin might not have been killed in the first place and George Zimmerman might not have been acquitted of killing him. It is likely that Trayvon Martin’s family will pursue justice against George Zimmerman in a civil trial, which has a lower burden of proof, and could result in Martin’s family collecting monetary damages from Zimmerman.
For now, Trayvon Martin’s allies are taking to the streets to express their frustration. "We are all Trayvon: was a common sentiment across the protests (Reuters):
One protestor in Brooklyn made it more personal, writing simply, "I am Trayvon" in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal (Reuters):
A boy in Times Square, New York City joins a massive protest responding to the Trayvon verdict with a jarring image (Reuters):
A man speaks via loudspeaker to protestors flooding Times Square. Behind him someone holds up a cutout of Trayvon Martin (Reuters).
Protestors climbed a traffic light pole to survey the Martin verdict protests in Times Square (Reuters):
In Los Angeles, Trayvon Martin protestors stopped traffic on Interstate Highway 10 (Reuters):
After the first brave protestors got in the way of cars, a crowd formed on I-10 and caused a huge backup (Reuters):
One man, wearing a shirt that read, "We are all Trayvon, The Whole Damns System Is Guilty," singlehandedly stopped a train in Los Angeles (Reuters):