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About 100 Clevelanders rallied on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center on Monday, they joined the national outcry over acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin.
The case, which was tried in Florida, has been a flashpoint among African Americans. But Monday’s crowd was multi-racial and inter-generational. One thing they shared: disappointment and anger over the verdict in the death of an unarmed Black teen-ager by a White neighborhood watch volunteer.
After hearing several short speeches, and repeated chants of “No Justice, No Peace,” the protestors marched around the Lakeside Avenue entrance of the Justice Center. Then they turned and hurled Skittles – the candy Martin was carrying when he died – at the building doors. The aim, organizer Art McKoy said, was to remind lawyers and others of Martin’s death – and the furor it has provoked.