Hundreds in N Portland demonstrate Zimmerman verdict

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by KGW staff

KREM.com

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 14 at 5:41 PM

PORTLAND – Hundreds gathered in North Portland Sunday to show their support for Trayvon Martin following the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman late Saturday in Sanford, Fla.

Just after 3 p.m., a crowd began to gather at Peninsula Park on North Rosa Parks Way. Speakers took turns using a megaphone to share concerns and frustration about what they consider racial inequality in the criminal justice system.

This demonstration is just one of many protests across the country in response to the Florida jury returning the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman.

Sunday’s group said it wants to peacefully protest and their demonstration is a rally for justice.

"My hope is that people will organize and talk...It's not just this one case, it's a symptom of a whole bunch of greater issues in this country that we need to be talking about," said Lakeitha Elliot, a Northeast Portland resident.

On Sunday fathers, sons, moms and daughters of all different races took the stage.

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KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.

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