Hundreds In Houston, Across Country, Rally After Zimmerman Verdict
HOUSTON (CBS Houston) As the song of justice and equality rang true across the country in honor of a teen who was fatally shot last year, those marching missed very few notes.
From Houston’s River Oaks community to cities nationwide, many took to the streets to protest the outcome of the trial of former community police officer George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was acquitted of fatally shooting teen unarmed teen Trayvon Martin earlier this month.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network spearheaded the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies and vigils outside federal buildings in at least 101 cities, after a jury delivered an acquittal verdict for Zimmerman in Martin’s 2012 death, within a gated central Florida community.
In Atlanta, chants of “Justice!” could be heard for miles.
In New York, hundreds of people — including Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce — braved the heat to show their non-violent angst with the verdict.
Protesters aligned the streets of Houston’s River Oaks community Sunday as Houston Police monitored the crowd, many of them on horseback. At the time of this report, there were no arrests reported as hundreds walked with signs , banners and public displays showing their discord and disagreement of Zimmerman being acquitted of fatally shooting Martin.
In fact, the phrase “River Oaks” was a “trending” topic on Twitter with hundreds of references to the community:
@TheMaverick21 Someone tweeted me that it was River Oaks Mall. It was a Stand Your ground rally.
— Txsleuth (@Txsleuth) July 21, 2013
So I’m glad he’s in River Oaks today for his little march. Preaching hatred is wrong regardless of your skin color
— Luke O. (@luke_texas) July 21, 2013
@UrbanCarrie if the non residents marching through River Oaks aren’t racist maybe they should stay at home.
— Abe Garrison (@abegarrison) July 21, 2013
I find it absolutely hilarious there was a trayvon Martin protest in river oaks in Houston. This is Texas, everyone owns a gun and use it.
— Andy Newman (@newrandyman) July 21, 2013
River Oaks, all i can say is 3 words, Shake My Head
— Adrii, Ya Bishh?♥ (@UnOriginal_Adri) July 21, 2013
— Brother Jesse (@BrotherJesse) July 21, 2013
Watch video below of the rally that was held in Houston: