Rallies Held In Md.To Decry The Death Of Trayvon Martin

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—From coast to coast, protesters call for action in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Kai Jackson has more on the large local protest.

Sanford, Fla. is more than 800 miles from Baltimore but the reaction to what happened has made a national story a local issue.

The streets of downtown Baltimore were flooded with people on Monday. Sky Eye Chopper 13 was overhead as a nationwide protest came to Maryland. They are citizens and activists speaking out about the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida.

“We can exert pressure on the political forces, we can exert pressure on the system to try and effect social change in Florida,” said protester Rodney Burris.

Many say the change that’s needed is an end to racial profiling. Protesters believe the fact that George Zimmerman shot Martin, who was 17, is endemic of a societal problem that sees young African-American males as criminals.

“I feel like justice should be served, you know? It’s just not right. The boy died for no reason,” said Shannon Elligson.

This rally is one of many happening across the country and activists are trying to get across the point that they believe what happened to Trayvon Martin could happen to anyone—regardless of race—anywhere.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, claims the shooting was self-defense. Regardless, protesters believe Zimmerman should be charged with murder.

“I’m glad that young people are here because they need to understand that their life is of value every day,” said Tessa Hill Aston.

George Zimmerman’s lawyer says his client was only acting in self-defense after Martin hit him and broke his nose.

  • http://tigereon.wordpress.com tigereon

    We can’t have a REAL conversation about race because white America is too afraid on something thinking they are even a little bit racist. They point out how they dated a black girl in school, and have dinner with their black couple friends, but they wont tell you what they think when they pass the projects and see black people walking around with their pants hanging down, and walking down the street when they should be working or at school. Is there such a thing as Part-time Racist?


    • MrObvious

      “because white America is too afraid on something thinking they are even a little bit racist.”
      It’s called White Guilt and not all white people buckle under the social pressure to have it.
      Racism, it’s not just a one way street.

    • GM

      Blacks show more racism and thats a fact. Your comment is stupid. Blacks play the race card for attention. There are many crimes against whites and we dont have rallies to run our big mouths.

  • W.S

    no doubt there will be violence at these events… why the heck are we even doing this? kids get shot everyday..hell right in Baltimore and no one is holding a rally for them… oh wait we are trying to make this about race… my mistake

    • DRW

      Actually, the rally is not simply because a kid was shoot but because a kid was shot and his known killer was never arrested. READ!

      • DHarri

        The information provided to the police by Zimmerman was corroborated by witnesses on seen as to what happened and is why he is free. If it were you most likely you’d expect the police to follow the law and allow you to remain free. The whole thing is unfortunate but at the same time Zimmerman has legal rights as a citizen.

  • smmrrffy

    treyvon martin was the aggressor the truth is coming out! go to msnbc.com for more details. also they made this treyvon like hes a little kid he was 6’foot 4 and 200 pounds it makes a difference.

    • GM

      This just gives blacks a reason to get mad, which they love. Just like the riots in 1968 over MLK. That was an excuse to kill, rob and be violent, another thing blacks like.

    • dj

      Trayvon was not 6 foot 4. do not believe everything you hear. Your just trying to justify him being killed. shut up

      • tdelucca

        He was 6’3 190 and still a big adault and I have seen his facebook page photos and he isnt the Angel people make him out to be. Oh and where are you when the kids in Baltimore are being gunned down every day. You are just another Sharpton and jackson Race baiters.

  • wise up

    I wonder what the appearance fee is for these useless wastes Rev’s Al and Jesse ?

    The unarmed 17-year-old was gunned down by neighborhood watch volunteer??

    where is the other side of the story ?

  • taxpayer

    Haha, I got called a “white trash white privledge mutherf*ing racist” for asking an AA why they were not talking about the reports that Trayvon was the first agressor. Hunting and stalking the victim?! Anybody remember Stephen Pitcarin? Ignorance and hypocracy is the new status quo.

    • MD mom

      Most people around here remember Pitcairn. May he rest in peace and my heart goes out to his family. His murderers were arrested. What’s your point?

      You do realize that Mr. Zimmerman immerman “went door-to-door asking residents to be on the lookout, specifically referring to young black men who appeared to be outsiders,” You missed those articles, didn’t you? That is one of the things that sparked outrage. You don’t stalk someone with a gun (after you are specifically told to let the police handle it).

      Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/17/v-fullstory/2700249/shooter-of-trayvon-martin-a-habitual.html#storylink=cpy

      • taxpayer

        Obviously the point is AAs commit almost all of the intraracial crime. Pitcarin was stalked, robbed and murdered because he looked like he might have some cash (white). So this AA sanctimony is BS. There is more hate on their side of the street these days, and their civil right leaders are living in the past.

        Obviously Trayvon is different situation, and you are obviously drunk on the angelic portrayal of him and evil Zim. Go do some more research and let me know what you come up with. Hint…its not an anti-black conspiracy.

  • ballsohardclub

    Yeah, where was the marching in the streets & the President when a young Dr. Steve Pitcarin was stalked, stabbed to death by two useless chocolate drug addicts.

  • outrage

    where are the protests and the rallies everytime another black male is gunned down in baltimore city? where are the witnesses to all these murders? where is the concern from the NAACP and Jesse Jackson?

    • Richard P.

      they would be marching every fricken day, that’s why they don’t do it put that on a sign and walk around

      • DHarri

        That would make Baltimore City the healthiest City ever! yee haw

  • MyAfroItches

    Did the black race and NAACP forget about this??http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-G7A11NXMM

  • Duh!

    Steve Pitcarin’s murderers are behind bars! George Zimmerman has yet to be arrested!

  • John

    Is there any actual evidence that Zimmerman has committed any crime ? The only witness account I could find was from a bystander who reports observing Martin on top of Zimmerman, pounding his head against the sidewalk. I believe that activity can cause death. Isn’t it possible that the self-defense shooting, while tragic, was justified ?

    • concerned citizen

      All of a sudden this witness call John appear and says he saw marting beating zimmerman, well i smell a rat in that. Cover up by the police. Were is the 911 call he made.

      • tonybaloney

        There’s no pleasing the coons no matter the truth. Black all lie like rugs.

  • DomesticGoddess

    Poor mama, so grieving that she just can’t go on in this racist country. Oh, wait, maybe some money would help ease the pain:


    • Scotsjock

      You hit the nail on the head

  • JackDaniels


  • wise up Md

    hey Pugh..u should be protesting every day with all those black on black murders…..hey Cardin…where were you when Pitcarin was murdered….you’re a total waste….throwing the blacks another bone for votes…..

  • OMG

    Am I next? Are any of my friends and colleagues next?” said Sartarian Montgomery, of Baltimore……..Sartarian, if it happens ‘good chance it will be by another black male’

  • Mark

    Tigereon, You really want to make this racial. You know what I think when I pass the project and see black people with their pants hanging down and walking down the street when they should be at school or work? I think what a pitiful life style…same thing I think when they are white, or Hispanic. Also think there are my hard earned tax dollars at work. What a waste. Stop making excuses for those who refuse to be law abiding, productive members of society and stop hiding behind your skin color as an excuse. I have family in the projects who do not want to work just be slugs of society sucking money from the tax payers. Do not communicate with them and have not for 15 years. Sad but true….just cannot agree with their life style.

  • DomesticGoddess

    What a fine young man that Trayvon was – why, any Mama would be proud!


  • Mark

    I do not know who is responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death. I do know who shot him. Let’s allow the investigation and the evidence to determine what happened there. Al Sharpton and others claim to know, I suggest they provide their evidence to the investigators. They cannot because all they know is rhetoric and how to spew hatred. It must be nice to go through life seeking justice for some, in this case a black youth who was tragically killed. It is very tragic, but justice must prevail for everyone including Zimmerman. If he is found to have committed a crime then he must be brought to justice, if not then justice has prevailed. So
    many times that is hard to accept. I wonder if Trayvon killed Zimmerman in that struggle if Sharpton and others would be marching for justice.

    • MD mom

      Mark – you are right about letting the investigation unfold. However, it is unlikely that Al Sharpton would march on Zimmerman’s behalf. That is not the demographic he “represents” and I use that term very loosely. It would be like asking Rush Limbaugh to March on Trayvon’s behalf if it turns out that he was truly killed for no reason.

  • ballsohardclub

    They be marching in the streets only because the media WJZ13 got them all riled up & now they be having a party the dumb sppks.

  • DomesticGoddess

    OMG – I thought Cardin was dead. Where has he been all these years? Anyhoo, guess Trayvon’s Mama is going to sue this entrepreneur for patent infringement.

  • DomesticGoddess

    BTW – Trayvon’s heartbroken parents never reported him missing! He chilled in the morgue for three days before the ‘rents realized he wasn’t around:

    He was suspended from school for five days (only scattered reports and speculation so far as to why) and was staying with his father and stepmother who lived in that subdivision. Interestingly, though shot a mere block from his home, he was apparently unidentified for three days in the morgue, as his parents did not report him missing.

    • DHarri

      Other reports are saying that he attacked Zimmerman breaking his nose and was banging Zimmerman’s head against the sidewalk which led to the shooting. You won’t hear about that in the Baltimore News though. Just give enough information to keep everyone up in arms it seems to be working for CNN.

    • MD mom

      DomesticGoddess – he was reported missing that morning after he didn’t return. He was identified when the police showed up to the house with a crime scene photo. Check the facts, please.

  • tonybaloney

    If Zimmerman’s nose was broken, medical records will be able to substantiate that claim. I wish however they would stop flashing the pic of Martin when he was around 13 or 14 yrs old. The guy was playing football in H.S. , was 6ft & weighed around 200lbs. If that spoonie came after me, I’d have drilled him also.

    • MD mom

      Uh, wrong. He was 6ft and weight 150 lbs. Zimmerman was several inches shorter but weighed over 200 pounds. And had a gun. And was following the kid. He was looking for a fight. Read the transcripts. He said things like ““These a–holes always get away,” and “went door-to-door asking residents to be on the lookout, specifically referring to young black men who appeared to be outsiders,”

      That is why there is so much controversy around him.

      • tonybaloney

        The reason for the controversy is because blacks were the ones committing crime in the gated community. Remember a gated community is paid for by the mostly whites who live there, it’s not a fuc’n government handout.


    travon gave up some hair fora brillo pad and his heart to cheny, not a total loss

    • cHARMcity

      hope your kids get strung out on RX pills and have sex with their cousin and die… ignorant TURD.

      • tonybaloney

        Charm city, You need help man & quick U effin fruitcake.

  • speakthepeace

    Wow. Pitiful haters, driven by fear. I feel sorry for you. Thankfully, you are vastly outnumbered by the people of Baltimore who have the courage to stand together. We are one people, Treyvon Martin was every child, and justice delayed for one is justice denied for all. The wheels of justice are turning. Your ignorance and fear will not stop them.

    • tonybaloney

      You get a grip. The reason the public is going viral is because it’s the only way Whites can protest the enoromous number of crimes committed bu urban black youths. Against themselves & against whites. White people are more civilized & therefore are seen as weaker by the black goons……..Bi mistake!



  • solid citizen

    Trayvon was certainly angelic – too bad he didn’t have parents who could raise him effectively


    Quowarranto, B.O.?

  • Bob

    The facts will show that 6’4″ 200lbs black teenager was beating up a 5’10” Latino/ black fat guy,, period! This should I hope embarass all the quick to blame sheep racist protestors!!?

    The real racists are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who stir up hate at every chance they can.. I wish these two hate mongers would have been shot instead!

    • cHARMcity

      wow… what does size weight have to do with anything… i just seen a 5’5 140lb black guy beat the hell out of another black guy 6’2 250lb guy… I bet I would beat BOB’s big sloopy butt too and I am 6 even 200lbs…

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