Hundreds gather in Augusta to protest Zimmerman verdict

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Dozens stood at the corner of Wal­ton Way and James Brown Bou­le­vard on Saturday with neon-colored signs with “Stop the violence” scrawled across them in black ink.

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Earl Sinkler (center), of Augusta, joins other Travyon Martin supporters at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Boulevard after the Trayvon Martin After-the-Verdict Rally, which was held at the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse. Sinkler said he wanted to show his support for the Martin family. "I can sympathize with them; I can empathize with them," he said.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Earl Sinkler (center), of Augusta, joins other Travyon Martin supporters at the corner of Walton Way and James Brown Boulevard after the Trayvon Martin After-the-Verdict Rally, which was held at the John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse. Sinkler said he wanted to show his support for the Martin family. "I can sympathize with them; I can empathize with them," he said.

Behind them, a crowd of several hundred was forming at the footsteps of the Augusta-Richmond Coun­ty Judicial Center for a rally called for after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

“Although we respect the jurisprudence decision, this nation as a whole is protesting the outcome based on the fact a young man was shot and killed,” Charles J. Smith Sr., the president of Augusta’s NAACP branch, told the crowd. “This is why we feel like (Zimmer­man) should have been found guilty.”

Speakers took turns at the microphone, standing in the shadow of the Lady Justice statue.

Shirley Nixon, of Augusta, navigated the crowd with voter registration cards tucked under one arm. She carried a megaphone in the other, reminding attendees that voting is one way to make a difference. Nixon said 50 people had registered to vote by noon.

“If they register to vote, they can have a say in what goes on,” she said.

Across the way, ralliers pushed through the crowd to buy shirts displaying a picture of a hooded Martin. Neichole Wimberly, of Au­gusta, said the shirts, which resemble a boxing poster, show the verdict was only round No. 1 of the fight for justice, with round No. 2 requiring support from the community.

“I don’t feel like nobody – white, black, Puerto Rican – should walk free after committing a crime,” said Wimberly, who was selling the shirts. “Somebody has to do something. Somebody has to push the laws.”

Christa Freeman, a law student from Augusta, said the rally was meant to call on the support of the community and to address issues at home so that other such incidents won’t happen in the future.

“Trayvon is a child of America, not just black America,” she said. “Today is just a start, of course. The verdict was just announced last Saturday, so we are just now starting to mobilize.”

Shari Collier, whose 27-year-old son was slain in 2010, said she can sympathize with Martin’s family. She said she hopes the rally will bring justice for everyone.

“This is not a black issue,” Collier said. “This is a people issue.”

At a community forum at Wil­liams Memorial Christian Metho­dist Episcopal Church, eight panelists covered topics from Florida’s “stand your ground” law to involvment in the Augusta community.

Tubman Education Center Prin­ci­pal Wayne Frazier, one of the panelists, challenged parents to take a more active role in the lives of their children.

“We profile our own children,” he said. “How do you think other people are going to feel when we profile our own children? We’re trying to get our children to do things we don’t do.”

After being recognized by a few members in the crowd, state Sen. Har­die Davis made his way to the front to offer some final thoughts.

“I don’t run from issues like this,” he said. “Where do we go from here? What are you going to do about it? It’s going to take you rolling up your sleeves in this community.”

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Darby
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Darby 07/21/13 - 12:40 am
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“Although we respect the jurisprudence

decision, this nation as a whole is protesting the outcome based on the fact a young man was shot and killed,” Charles J. Smith Sr., the president of Augusta’s NAACP branch, told the crowd. “This is why we feel like (Zimmerman) should have been found guilty.”

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After saying "we" respect the decision of the jury. Mr. Smith turns around and says that because a young (black) man was killed, (in self defense) the man who was attacked by that young man "should have been found guilty."

Alice in Wonderland logic!

We're being told that a jury verdict is to be accepted only if it is the verdict we want. That is the very definition of a kangaroo court.

It's the kind of justice that Mr. Smith's ancestors might have expected to face. Now he wants to go back and resurrect that kind of travesty?

And even worse, accept it as the law of the land?

Waiting now for the order to paint the roses red.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 07/21/13 - 12:39 am
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Not a crime. Period.

That is what "Not Guilty" means.

I'm sorry so many of you wish to take the law into your own hands, after claiming that George Zimmerman did that. It's not going to be "right" just because you want it to be.
You're a lynch mob at this point. I hope you can get better - and avoid hypocrisy.
Be sure NOT to do anything yourself if you see a suspicious person in YOUR neighborhood. You and the President, and his Attorney General, are advocating that you have a duty to RUN AWAY if you are attacked. When the furor here dies down - when we are all bored by media coverage desperate to make money off this event - you might be able to think about what YOU will have to do in the future in such cases. Do you want to be tried for murder for defending yourself, in all cases? That's what you're asking for.

Hint: the "stand your ground" doctrine - not mentioned in the trial - has been used to defend African-Americans all over the nation. You KNOW that's true, as they are disproportionally represented in crime statistics regarding victimhood. You can look that up at the Bureau of Justice Crime Statistics Web site. Defeat "stand your ground" means more African-Americans in jail - for defending themselves.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/21/13 - 01:25 am
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I'm sorry Radwaste

If you have read some of the debates going on here it is obvious that all rationality and common sense have left some. I continue to read some of the comments and just shake my head that so many people refuse to look at all of the factual findings and evidence in the case.

I daresay that 99% of the people at these rallies firmly believe the falsehood that "little Trayvon" was stalked, confronted, and shot. Of course, that was what the news first implied, so that is the story that fits their mindset. Heck, I bit on the story too until some of the facts started leaking out.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 07/21/13 - 03:06 am
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Bravo

Kel-Tec has a new salesman. I will take two. :)

corgimom
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corgimom 07/21/13 - 04:47 am
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Why are people in Augusta

Why are people in Augusta protesting a law from the State of Florida? I don't understand, especially when black people are being shot in Augusta right and left.

Jason Hasty
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Jason Hasty 07/21/13 - 06:31 am
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Interpretation

Young unarmed black man killed by a man with a gun. Venue of incident does not have many blacks. Thus the event is judged by a jury with no blacks. For some the memories of unequal treatment are too vivid to ignore. Media takes full advantage of turmoil because it sells. It just does. Always has and always will. So to just argue "respect the rule of law" is not effective for those who feel the scales are unbalanced going in. To call on the media to stop fueling this is also not effective. So you have fuel on fuel. It's creating what I call an imperfect storm. Let us pray.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 07/21/13 - 07:25 am
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A good and sensitive
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A good and sensitive analysis, Mr. Hasty.

chascushman
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chascushman 07/21/13 - 08:00 am
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There never should have been
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There never should have been a trial. The police had it right from the start.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/21/13 - 08:10 am
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"to protest verdict"?

What – did none of them actually follow the case? Did none of them actually review the “evidence” presented? Did none of them look at this with open eyes?

Imagine, just imagine, what could have been accomplished with all this time and effort!

Just imagine.

What a waste!

grinder48
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grinder48 07/21/13 - 08:17 am
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A Shame
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The continuation of all this is creating further division ... it's a shame.

dlnga
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dlnga 07/21/13 - 08:21 am
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Zimmerman verdict

I don't remember this level of outrage when OJ Simpson was aquitted. Regardless of what people think the verdict "should" have been, it is what it is. The system worked, move on.

southern2
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southern2 07/21/13 - 08:31 am
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No mention of Paula Deen at

No mention of Paula Deen at the rally? Just last week she was the most despised racist in America. Perfect forum to continue the bashing. How quick she is forgotten.

mosovich
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mosovich 07/21/13 - 08:30 am
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Glad to see

some of the black leaders talk about the truth ie: PARENTS need to start taking responsibility for their kids and LEADING them, not just letting the kids figure life out on their own in a street smart type of way.. Yes, it's hard being a parent and it takes work, but it is rewarding in the long run.. Hug your kids, guide your kids, teach your kids, read to your kids, it all makes a difference..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/21/13 - 08:47 am
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Violence?

In the first paragraph of the story we read someone waved a sign with the words “Stop the Violence” down on Walton Way Saturday. That would have been some good advice for Trayvon Martin to have considered before he launched his attack on George Zimmerman with a sucker punch to the face.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/21/13 - 08:51 am
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Yea for P Deen

She isn't front page news anymore...yea..

Can't wait to see what the news GODS have for us now...

ESp Gods at NBC & CNN.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/21/13 - 01:30 pm
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Jason, 2 HUGE points to

Jason, 2 HUGE points to consider on your cooment...first off, Trayvon was NOT defenseless, as he proved by punching Zimmerman in the face and slamming Zimmerman's head into the concrete! Being pummeled by a much younger and stronger male, Zimmerman feared for his life....wouldn't you?.... so Zimmerman pulled his legally-owned gun and shot his assailant so the beating would stop. Did people just expect Zimmerman to stay under Martin and take this beating? Nobody would...it's called survival.
The other point is about the jury. Unless you've been called for jury duty, you may not know how a jury is picked. BOTH the prosecution and the defense pick the jurors after much questioning, deliberation, and elimination. What is left is a group of jurors that BOTH sides feel they can win their case with. So, the KKK did not pick this jury! Trayvon's lawyers agreed to use them.
And why is it that Zimmerman's past could be brought up to paint him as a racist, cop-wannabe, but it was not okay to bring up Trayvon's past as a drug-dealing, brawling thug? (Never hear WHY Trayvon was staying with his father instead of his mother, huh?)

redapples
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redapples 07/21/13 - 08:58 am
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In the video posted above, a

In the video posted above, a man speaking inside of a church asserts that we need to change a system that imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for robbery for a first time offender. My follow up question is - why exactly do we need to do that?

southern2
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southern2 07/21/13 - 09:24 am
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Wonder how much the Eric

Wonder how much the Eric Holder's DOJ paid Rev Sharpton to organize these rallies? Guess we will find out in about a year like we did for the Trayvon protests held in Florida last year. The Rev sure does like passing the plate.

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rmwhitley 07/21/13 - 09:07 am
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I must
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be getting old. Do I remember blacks protesting the beatings of a white man and woman on your Riverwalk by 2 black punks? Just one of the reasons blacks, in general, will never become civilized.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/21/13 - 09:12 am
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Empathize, sympathize, trivialize, scrutinize, mesmerize.....
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Empathize, sympathize, trivialize, scrutinize, mesmerize.....

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/21/13 - 09:13 am
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"The Summer of George". Remember? They seem to?
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"The Summer of George". Remember? They seem to?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/21/13 - 09:13 am
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Who running the plantation now? Change. Change. Change.
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Who running the plantation now? Change. Change. Change.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 07/21/13 - 09:21 am
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Idiots

With leadership like this, the black community is doomed!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/21/13 - 09:56 am
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The protests are nothing more than a Over used

manipulation process to justify the DOJ keeping this alive into the upcoming Election year campaigning cycle.

They are pushing for a Public Opinion based arrest.

But look at the extremely weak turnout.
The Community Activists had 7 days of media reenforced attention, a US President, the DOJ, Politicians, hired Crying mothers, Bogus Civil Rights Activists stumping for them and still the turnout was extremely weak, at well below 1/100,000ths of the Black-American population in each city of the ORGANIZED protests..

To get a big "Local" crowd and not a bussed crowd, outside of Stanford Fla., you'd have to travel to a belly aching, Liberal controlled Large City where the Race Pimps are HQ'd and pouring kool-aide by the gallons for donations.

Will we see the usual Media Circus, and political controlled process as we have before?.

* If there are Federal charges it will happen within the next 4 weeks.

* Initial defense challenges to the legitimacy of the case in court in front of a prearranged liberal appointed federal judge and Fed DA with limited, if any, Live TV coverage.

* then the spoon fed news leaks with slanted and bogus info, leading up to a trial in 9 to 11 months,

* The arranged TV interviewed witnesses will appear out of the wood work.

* Several strategical procedural delays by the Fed's,

* Last minute "hidden" or misplace evidence will surface.

* and then a long drawn out made for TV media mouths trial, as we run up to elections.

* If they lose, then the ACTIVISTS will rum and drum up a demand for voters to show up at the polls to rescind the Racist Stand Your Ground Laws, by electing their picks.

There is more to the commonly used cycle,
but is appears evident all walks of life in America have become educated to the manipulation process.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 07/21/13 - 10:09 am
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I don't think Mr. Hasty needs an education on how juries are selected, Justmyopinion. You might google his name.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/21/13 - 10:25 am
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Listening to FOX NEWS late last night

they had a balanced discussion and a Politician.
The Democrat Politician was calling for protests, over the trial outcome. When cornered whether the Jury process was right or should the public court (people on the streets) be the rule of law. He hemmed and hawed but when cornered he admitted the JURY
must have the final legal say. Which quickly brought up whether
he was advocating the people should take maters into their own hands. He again hemmed and hawed a little but must of realized he was on National TV.

But then must of remembered who his voters were, because he went on the say that Juries don't always get it right and sited a 30+ year old DNA cases.

However, Niger Innis the National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) however, took a high road. Indicating that we are a country based on laws and a free
and open jury system is our only protection from the over reach of government and lynch mobs.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/21/13 - 10:30 am
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Bulldog - Another way to look at "with leadership like this"

The Black community might actually become part of the intended American Melting Pot, instead of an isolated culture.

faithson
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faithson 07/21/13 - 10:31 am
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may I remind you'all again....

of the protest rallies all over the nation attended by those who felt they had been or were being 'offended'. These ralllies even had buses carring around speakers who 'spoke' to the problem at hand, inciting the group assembled to 'take action'. But what is most important is to realize many in our Nation thought they were off their rocker, of course not those of 'like mind', but those on the other side saw partisan zealots out to change our Nation in ways they did not agree with... these protests I speak of... Yes, the TParty movement. I only see hypocracy in those who would demean the actions of 200 people on Walton Way, only to support the actions of the 200 who showed up at the commons a couple of years ago. Think about it, why does one 'protest' have any more validity than the other... OH YEA, MINE was righteous... so YOU think, and here is the nub of the problem... a crisis in thinking.

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ragingbull 07/21/13 - 12:23 pm
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“I don’t feel like nobody –

“I don’t feel like nobody – white, black, Puerto Rican – should walk free after committing a crime,” said Wimberly-
I agree with what this woman said. I am white and a Republican. But my views on this seem to differ from the rest of my colleagues. If Zimmerman had done as he was instructed, to stay in the car until police arrived, this would not have happened. Zimmerman was armed, carrying a concealed weapon, this added to his confidence. His problem was that he was not intelligent enough to assess the situation. When the confrontation became physical, and Martin was getting the better of him, Zimmerman did what a coward would do, Zimmerman pulled the gun and shot Martin at point blank range. I am sorry, but this was not self defense. If he had pulled the pistol and warned Martin to back off, which I am sure Martin would have, given there is no form of self defense against a bullet, the whole situation would have been diffused. There might have been a little trash talking as Martin was making his exit, but other than that no one would have been hurt. This is not a race issue, it was the work of an overzealous prosecution that made it's own self look foolish. As previously stated, this is not a racial issue, it was not white on black, as Zimmerman was Hispanic, and guilty as hell. Let me clarify that last sentence, the fact that Zimmerman is Hispanic had nothing to do with his guilt, his actions did.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/21/13 - 10:49 am
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Yesterday rally vs. a rally 2 years ago

The rally 2 years ago was not there to protest the legal outcome of jury trial, it was there to protest too much taxes.

A rally to voice over taxing does, not run the risk of a national civil disturbance, or a nationwide riot.

The Tea Party rally was not to promote violating a persons constitutionals rights against double jeopardy, just to appease public voter block opinion.

An important thing every one needs to think about is:

Retrying a person found innocent of charges just to Wag the Dog, opens the same Government legal door for EVERYONE.

In case you don't know what Wag the Dog means.

To 'wag the dog' means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. By doing so, the lesser-significant event is catapulted into the limelight, drowning proper attention to what was originally the more important issue.

The expression comes from the saying that 'a dog is smarter than its tail', but if the tail were smarter, then the tail would 'wag the dog'.

Now think about all the recent Administration scandals and the Senate hearings on the IRS, NSA, FBI, DOJ, etc............

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