Trayvon Martin rally draws hundreds in Dallas

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:20 PM

DALLAS — A protest against the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case drew about 200 people in Dallas on Sunday night.

Many were wearing hoodies, reflecting the attire of the unarmed teenager when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in suburban Orlando, Florida in 2012.

The event's organizers got word out through Facebook and Twitter.

They were quick to point out this event wasn't just about Martin and their disappointment in the jury's "not guilty" verdict for defendant Zimmerman.

They wanted to use the event as an opportunity to talk about violence and youth as a whole within the African-American community.

"This happens in every day life, and it goes on every day, and it's unheard," said Demetrice Carter.

Dallas police officers stood nearby during the protest, but the atmosphere remained peaceful.

Organizers expressed some disappointment that no local politicians stopped by to voice their concerns.

A number of "Justice for Trayvon" posters were held high by participants, as were signs saying "I am Trayvon."

There were no counter-protesters visible at the Dallas event.

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