By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Cries for justice echoed through Downtown Rome Saturday afternoon as a group of protestors rallied
against the recent Zimmerman judgment.
The Rome-Floyd NAACP led the march to the Federal Courthouse steps, where local officials spoke less of the court case’s contentious verdict and more of the slain 17-year-old boy, whose death they believe was a disturbing reminder of race relations in the country.
Chapter president Donald Starr says what began as a tribute to Trayvon Martin grew into something much larger.
“It was a rally-cry for all peace-loving, justice-loving, equality-minded people to come together and resound that voice so everyone can hear just like the rallies and marches that are happening today in around 100 cities across the nation, to let them know justice has got to be equal,” Starr says. “We don’t argue with the jury’s verdict---that’s done with--- but a life was taken, and someone has got to answer to it. We have got to send this message that the Stand Your Ground Law was a perpetrator of that situation.
“Guns hurt and kill people, we don’t need them,” he says.
Another march is scheduled for Sunday at 5pm at Broad St. and First Avenue. Attendees are asked to wear black and bring signs.