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Tucson protesters angered over Trayvon Martin verdict, want justice

Tucson protesters angered over Trayvon Martin verdict, want justice

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Jul 14, 2013

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - As protests break out across the country in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal, here in Tucson, it is the same sentiment but a much different scene.

Sunday, protesters gathered outside the federal building downtown. Predominantly silent, demonstrators taped skittle wrappers, what has now become a symbol of Trayvon Martin's family's plight for justice, to their mouths. Outraged over Saturday's not guilty verdict, Martin supporters say the entire trial was plagued by racism and racial profiling.

"They mentioned not guilty and my heart dropped, " protester Esinu Abadjivor told Nine On Your Side.

"If the shoe was on the other foot what would the verdict be?" another protester added.

"Trayvon Martin is one person, but these issues happen pretty much all the time," protest organizer Thomas Martin said.

Organizers say their goal was a constructive, peaceful protest.