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Harrisburg Rallies for Trayvon Martin

Today marks one week since a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty.

More than 100 cities across the nation rallied Saturday for civil rights charges to be brought against Zimmerman.

But people in Harrisburg want state legislators to stand with them.

Hundreds of people pack Walnut Street…

“What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!”

…with a new sense of pride after President Obama addressed the nation on Friday about the pain among the African American community.

“It could have been your son, it could have been your nephew,” says Harrisburg Mayor, Linda Thompson.

The signs that people are holding are more than just words, it’s a symbol of courage for people in Harrisburg to keep fighting for what they believe is injustice.

“I understand the verdict and I accept the verdict but it’s bigger than that,” says Ed Noon of Harrisburg.

Noon says change starts with the law.

“We’re not in Sanford, Florida, but we’re in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and enough is enough.

Those rallying want their message to resonate throughout the Capitol building.

“We are also today calling on our state legislature and legislators to eliminate the shoot first laws,” says Thompson.

Mayor Thompson wants lawmakers to repeal the shoot first law which allows a person to use deadly force if they feel their own life is in danger.

“Until we challenge that there is no peace and justice in America,” says Thompson.

She believes it would put a stop to gun violence, especially in the capital city.

“In the name and the sake of Trayvon Martin, put your guns away,” says Thompson.

Mary Ann Tatara taught in the city for more than a decade.

She’s here today to stop Pennsylvania from becoming the next example.

“I taught many Trayvon’s I worked at an inner city school and the fact that any of my students could of been Trayvon, the fact that any of them could’ve been killed for being black and carrying skittles is horrific to me,” says Tatara.

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9 Comments to “Harrisburg Rallies for Trayvon Martin”

    Colt357 said:
    July 20, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Thompson you are a moron who won't be missed. Good job of doing nothing but fanning the flames of racism. It's no longer about whites hating blacks but blacks hating anyone who doesn't agree with them. How about people taking responsibility for their own lack of parenting skills and quit blaming honest people trying to protect what they worked hard for or their own lives. Why should anyone retreat from a murderous thief who is where he is not suppose to be.

    sickofit said:
    July 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Trayvon got his "justice"………………. and the judicial system agreed it was legal………………that is all.

      Colt357 said:
      July 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      No one at this rally was interested in facts. What does the Castle Doctrine have to do with the Harrisburg murder rate? Absolutely nothing, None of the shootings were by legal gun owners nor were they protecting themselves or their property. They were real "Scumbags" and some were from outside the city here to pedal there illegal wares (stolen guns and drugs). This is strictly a ploy by a political douche-bag to draw attention away from her numerous failures.

    sickofit said:
    July 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    I will bet not one of those at the rally know that the law in Pa is different than law in Fla. It is always the ones that don't know the law, spelled "uninformed", or the ones that don't follow laws are the first to run their mouths.
    Linda, my dear woman, with the murder rate that you have achieved in Harrisburg I would think that you should just slowly melt into the background and shut up.

    Toes said:
    July 20, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I will miss Linda Thompson when she leaves. While she was in office I put my 3 stooges
    DVD's away but now that she will be gone I must get them back out. Thanks Linda for
    making me laugh. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give the Stooges a 9 and Linda a 10.

    oatka said:
    July 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    "Today marks one week since a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty."
    And in that time over 20 blacks have been shot to death by other blacks, four in Chicago just this weekend and one 12-year-old child wounded. Where's the outrage? [crickets]

    " 'We are also today calling on our state legislature and legislators to eliminate the shoot first laws,' says Thompson."
    That's the Left's new definition for Stand Your Ground. Under the cover of wailing for Martin, the intent is to repeal the SYG law in any state. Once that is done, Leftist judges in other states, using this repeal as "precedence", can nullify the law or prevent it from being enacted in their jurisdiction.

    These people are never aboveboard, pushing their agenda sub-surface because otherwise citizens would reject them outright. They never have America's interest at heart.

    Frank said:
    July 21, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Well said Oatka……… Well said…… and 100 % TRUE.

    ray said:
    July 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    why is it that they show a pic. of a 13 year old boy when it was a 17 year old man beating him .

    Frank said:
    July 21, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Good point Ray. I'm surprised they didn't show a 3 year old's pic. Probably couldn't get
    one.

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