WXXI Local Stories
Sun July 14, 2013
Local Demonstrators Rally Against The Zimmerman Verdict
A few dozen protestors gathered at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester Sunday evening to demonstrate their feelings about the Trayvon Martin case.
The people gathered for the demonstration represented some different ideals, in terms of causes they are supporting, but they all wanted to protest the outcome of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, as well as the events that led up to the trial.
Isaiah Harris is a 17 year old Rochester youth, an African American, who carried a sign saying that he is Trayvon, in the sense that something like what happened in Florida could possibly happen to him some day. And he thought it was important for him to be at this vigil.
"Just basically support Trayvon Martin and all the other black children, because justice has not been served, " Harris said.
Denise Herrera was also among the protestors, and she sees a double standard in the Zimmerman case.
"If you're a young white male in this society, you might have an opportunity to get out of this, and you might be able to actually kill someone and get away with this and there is a lot of things saying there's not enough evidence, but there's still the fact he's not here with us, Trayvon's not here to share his voice, " Herrera commented.
Other local rallies and vigils are expected to happen in Rochester this week.