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Children surround the podium as Pitt County NAACP president Calvin Henderson addresses the crowd during a "Justice for Trayvon" rally Sunday afternoon at the Pitt County courthouse in Greenville. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

‘Justice for Trayvon’ rally held

By Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

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Between 150 and 200 people gathered at the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse on Sunday afternoon to speak out against the “not guilty” verdict for Trayvon Martin’s killer and encourage the community to act and make positive changes.

The Pitt County Chapter of the NAACP hosted a “Justice for Trayvon” gathering that included religious leaders, elected officials, and leaders from community groups and organizations.


Participants handed out packs of Skittles — the candy that Martin had when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman — to children holding “Justice for Trayvon” and “Stand Your Ground means gun me down” signs.

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Zimmerman was taking his

Zimmerman was taking his neighborhood watch volunteering duties too seriously when he pursued Martin. He was wrong to have left his vehicle and should never have done so. Martin, who was doing nothing wrong, should have kept his cool and showed Zimmerman he was completely innocent. But people are people, and who can blame Martin for becoming angry when he was confronted for no reason? The facts of this case will never be known unfortunately. But there was not enough there to convict Zimmerman for anything.

James H wrote:Zimmerman was

James H wrote:
Zimmerman was taking his neighborhood watch volunteering duties too seriously when he pursued Martin. He was wrong to have left his vehicle and should never have done so. Martin, who was doing nothing wrong, should have kept his cool and showed Zimmerman he was completely innocent. But people are people, and who can blame Martin for becoming angry when he was confronted for no reason? The facts of this case will never be known unfortunately. But there was not enough there to convict Zimmerman for anything.
Apparently Zimmerman could not be convicted of anything because they really did their best considering they didn't have a scrap of evidence. It is not illegal to watch suspicious people. That is exactly what "Neighborhood Watch" is all about. Security guards do that everyday as a job. Zimmerman was not in his vehicle when the dispatcher said "we don't need you to follow him". Zimmerman was trying to stay close enough to keep visual contact so the police who is was actually calling would be able to question a suspicious person. Saying that he was pursuing Trayvon is just a lie the media pushed to make the case something it was not. If there was an ounce of proof of this Zimmerman would not have been found innocent.

Like Obama and the Nazi Leader

Here is what is sad. FOUR BLACK MALES EXECUTE THREE MEN FROM YEMEN IN FARMVILLE. THE NAACP DOES NOT CARE. A BLACK MEN HUNTS DOWN AND SHOOTS FOUR WHITE PEOLE AT THE GREENVILLE WAL MART. THE NAACP DOES NOT CARE. What does the NAACP care about??? Obama lined up little children for his gun control push. Hitler lined up little children to push his programs. The NAACP hides behind little children. We need to be afraid of people that hide behind little children. They are cowards.

I guess they missed the

I guess they missed the Trayvon that shot a 13 month old baby, Antonio West, in the face as he lay sleeping in his stroller because his mother didn't have any money to give the thug robber. Too bad someone didn't shoot that Trayvon last year so the baby would still be alive. To hell with Trayvon and to all the idiots fool enough to protest and riot about the wannabe thug.

*WHAT IF...parents raised

*WHAT IF...parents raised their children without hate? I see a lot of hate being taught with this case. I see a lot of anger, blame, excuses, vindictiveness and getting even. no one is putting the blame where it belongs--with parents who have failed to raise children without racist attitudes, hate, excuses and getting even.

Profiling?

My question to the lady holding up the sign reading "Stop profiling our children" is when the stats show that a majority of crimes are being committed by one race, is it profiling or simply using a statistical advange to likely get the desired result of keeping everyone safe? Go to today's Jail Booking section in the DR. http://www.reflector.com/jail-booking There were 29 arrests shown. Two did not have images, but I found their previous records and they were black. One footnote: Hispanics are classified as white in the DR jail booking section. I broke them out for percentage purposes. There were three whites, four Hispanics and 22 blacks. That means that 76% of the people arrested on this day were black versus the 10% white and 14% Hispanic. Just out of curiosity I jumped back two days (some times there is bleed over of the sample if you use one day as the arrests are made overnight and appear on both pages). There were 24 arrests. One Hispanic, five whites, and 18 blacks. This breaks down to 21% white, 4% Hispanic and 75% black. According to 2012 census statistics (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/37/37147.html) Pitt County is 56.7% white (non-Hispanic), 34.6% black and 5.7% Hispanic. So on average based on these two days 75.5% of the people arrested were from a population that is only 1/3 of the people able to commit crimes. Just to show you that I am probably not too far off on using simply these two days as a benchmark, the results are exactly the same as NY City according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/commissioner-kelly-defends-stop-and-frisk-targeting-african-americans-article-1.1332840). Profiling or using a statistical truth to mitigate risk?

facts

how dare you bring facts into a discussion about race

Boondoggle

My coworker claims it's a conspiracy. According to her, just as many White folks commit crimes, but the newspaper reporters conspire to keep that info out of the papers. I won't mention any facts about my coworker, and I won't mention what I think of her comment, because my post was deleted earlier. So, this time, I'm not going to mention whether the "conspiracy" is true or not. I'll let others comment instead. Maybe by giving her words the benefit of the doubt, my post will stay up a little while longer. You can't be too PC, you know?

doj

can we get the doj to investigate the wal-mart shooting, a black shot 4 whites and only whites, sounds racially motivated to me

Trevon Martin

Please this thing has gotten outta control. enough is enough. zimmerman will not be charged again by the feds. yes he had a gun in his possession, but being on patrol he had a right to carry it. martin should of never jumped him from the bushes like he did. god will be the one to judge, not man. there is to many other things happening in this world to be focusing on one.

Amen

Man messes it up all the time, God works from the inside out, he knows Man's motive, so leave the judgement up to God. Best comment yet on a subject that we need to put behind us.....

Trayvon Did Have a Gun

It was a Smith & Wesson model 9GVE, and he had a pic of it on his Facebook site. He left his at home, and Zimmerman brought his. Personally, I don't care for either Zimmerman or Trayvon. Zimmerman was a wannabe cop, and Trayvon was a wannabe gangster. And if people are going to hand out Skittles, then why don't they also hand out Arizona Iced Tea and Robitussin too? Then the TRUE image of Trayvon would come out.

They do have guns Ozie

“What if instead of a pack of Skittles, Trayvon Martin had a gun?” asked Ozie Hall, president of the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children. “What if across America, black youth, instead of having a pack of Skittles, had a gun? What would that turn into? Across America, black leaders are standing up, speaking out because they’re trying to prevent us from getting to a situation where black youth will feel they have to have a gun instead of a pack of Skittles.” Ozie do you have your head buried in the sand? How many murders have occurred in Chicago this year so far? How about DC? Just last week a gang killing in Greenville. Where were you then? Black youth have guns now Ozie, and they are using them against each other.

GUNS

WHY U THINK SO MUCH IS GOING ON WITH THIS BLACKS CARRY GUNS ALL THE TIME ILLEGALLY AND KILL FOR NO REASON. U DONT SEE ANYONE RALLLYING WHEN A WHITE IS KILLED BY A BLACK OR ANY OTHER RACE. QUESTION DID ANY OF U KNOW TRAYVON OR ZIMMERMAN, WELL WHO ARE U TO JUDGE.

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