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Both Sides React As Locals Rally For Trayvon Martin Saturday

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In the week since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin murder case, many people from both sides of the issue have had something to say.

On Saturday, demonstrations were held in about a hundred cities across the nation, including right here in Reno.

"If you're looking in terms of George Zimmerman supporters, justice was served for him," said Patricia Gallimore, 2nd Vice President of the Reno-Sparks branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). "So, now we have to have justice for Trayvon Martin."

The rally was held at the corner of Virginia and Liberty streets. Gallimore said while the NAACP doesn't agree with the verdict, they support the justice system.

"We want to make the public aware that this is happening every day," she said. "We want to make sure that we continue for the struggle and the fight for civil rights for individuals out there."

Organizers say more than a hundred locals came out to rally for things like racial equality and ending gun violence.

I also talked with people who agreed with the Zimmerman verdict. One man tells me this case is being blown out of proportion.

"You can take what you want from the stories and whatever's been blown up in the news, and all that, and make your own story," said Dylan Bogdan of Mammoth Lakes, California. "But, I personally don't feel the need to rally on the side of the streets and make a big scene over it."

Another man says he respects the people rallying together as their First Amendment right, but he doesn't agree with their views on the verdict.

"I was really surprised when the prosecution added other charges," said David Schaffer of Sparks. "That seemed to me like they were trying to make it easier for some type of conviction to happen, but I was glad to see that it was an acquittal."

More nationwide demonstrations are planned for next week. According to CBS News, George Zimmerman hasn't been seen in public since a jury found him not guilty. His family insists race did not play a role in the events in February 2012.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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