Sat. 6:55pm: Rallies across Ohio for Martin
CINCINNATI (AP) – Thousands of protesters in Ohio voiced their frustration with George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin by joining a coordinated nationwide demonstration today to demand change and equal justice to fix what they call pervasive racial inequality in the U.S.
About 1,000 people in downtown Cincinnati chanted, “No justice! No peace!” and carried signs that read, “All black men could be Trayvon Martin,” “Young, black and petrified,” and “The whole system is racist.”
Other protests were held or planned in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Toledo.
At least two boys in Cincinnati wore black hoodies, sweating in sweltering temperatures, to mirror what Martin wore the night he was shot.
“It’s personal,” said Cincinnati resident Chris Donegan, whose 11-year-old son wore a black hoodie. “Anybody who is black with kids, Trayvon Martin became our son.”
Martin was unarmed when he was killed by Zimmerman, whose acquittal a week ago of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges has ignited a debate about race relations, guns and self-defense laws. Zimmerman, who said he was defending himself, identifies as Hispanic.