Minneapolis vigil remembers Trayvon Martin

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 10:31 AM

The service offered those upset by the George Zimmerman acquittal a chance to come together.

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mdachsJul. 14, 1311:28 PM

Yes, it's always sad when someone dies. But to label this death as a racially motivated action is completely unrelated to the facts. If Zimmerman were black and Trayvon were white, this event never would have even made the national press, online or newspapers! The media, along with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, made this a racial issue. And there would have been no vigils, prayer meetings, protest marches, or community gatherings to mourn the dead and protest the court verdict.

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jailmps1Jul. 15, 13 3:13 AM

The first thing the public should realize is that the jury has spoken, the evidence that shown in the court room by both the prosecution and the defense to the jury is what made this case what it was. The public only knew what the media was allowed to show. The loss of Travon Martin is a tragedy as is any loss of life, but to try and make it racially motivated is wrong and only sets us back in our attempt change. Lets move forward and grow from our past it does know one any good to go backwards in life.

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michaelpatrickJul. 15, 13 3:43 AM

What are these people protesting? A flawed justice system? The outcome is a result of incompetent prosecutors who had a simple case. They blew it; they were horribly incompetent. This will be a study in terrible prosecution work as a case law example for law students for decades. Throw in a judge who tries to define what the truth is and is not for what can be said in the trial and won't allow some lesser charges to be presented as options to the jury. Protest to get the prosecutors fired and the judge removed. Don't let incompetent prosecutors try such a major case. That's the injustice, plus that the ruling can't be appealed. The defense can always appeal, as can the defendant in claiming incompetent representation, but neither the state nor victim's family can. That's not justice.

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supervanJul. 15, 13 4:41 AM

mdachs- Did you mean to say "if Zimmerman were black and Martin were Hispanic?".

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athe0007Jul. 15, 13 7:08 AM

I can't form an opinion about Zimmerman because I'm not sure whose story to believe, but if Zimmerman is telling the truth, I think he was a fool, but was justified if Martin jumped him and was hitting his his head into the concrete. I'm shocked that so many people are so confident in their OPINIONS that they are willing to send someone to prison without collaborating evidence and they're concerned about injustice!

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markapJul. 15, 13 7:36 AM

There is a much bigger issue of the privilege that I, a white, middle aged, educated white man enjoy. Unless I am willing to acknowledge and yield some of my privilege to those who have none, situations like this will continue to happen. Privilege causes UNINTENDED oppression. Oppression indirectly causes situations to happen like happened between Martin and Zimmerman and is now polarizing America.

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fooledmeonceJul. 15, 13 7:44 AM

the prosecuters office in Florida decided not to persue the case for a reason, do not forget the special prosecuter who brought the charges was acting under orders from certain people who won't take no for an answer. they've lost for good reason, now they'll badger the justice dept who should decline also

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guled612Jul. 15, 13 8:47 AM

American Justice System is Joke.

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dismaynardJul. 15, 1312:44 PM

The reaction of the communities across the nation seem to suggest that it is ok for a teenager to beat on another person, but the person receiving the beating is not allowed to defend themselves. The thing to remember and not overlook is that this kid was committing a crime. It is not legal to lay your hands on anyone with intent to harm them, let alone bash their skull into the concrete. But in these situations, no one remembers who committed the first crime that brought upon themselves the outcome that occurred. This kid would be alive today, had he not decided to beat upon the neighborhood watch guy.

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beautyehJul. 15, 13 1:26 PM

I just want to see a current picture of Trayvon not the undated picture of him when he looks like he is 12. People are killed every day in heinous crimes that don't even garner a fraction of the attention this case did. Where are all the protester's outrage about that? They aren't because the media did not force feed a story down their throats.

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