A woman waiting at a bus stop on Broad Street joins an estimated 700 people who rallied to condemn the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Newark, NJ (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)

Lawrence Hamm, center, the chairman from The People’s Organization for Progress, leads about 700 people down Broad Street. Newark, NJ (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)


About 700 people joined an emergency rally on Broad Street to condemn the acquittal of George Zimmerman of both second decree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Newark, NJ (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)

NEWARK — Hundreds of people, of varying ages and races, gathered at the corner of Market and Broad Street in Newark this afternoon to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The crowd braved sweltering heat and humidity, chanting “ No justice, no peace” and Trayvon Martin’s name before making their way toward the federal courthouse.

David McKenzie, 21, came from East Orange because he said he was disappointed in the verdict. “If Zimmerman can get away with it anyone from any race or and background can get away with it too,” McKenzie said. “This is disgusting. With all this evidence, he can still get away.”

There was plenty of police but the protesters were peaceful, staying on the sidewalk and chanting in rhythm.

Donna Sellers, 58, of Newark, said justice wasn’t served. She teared up as she thought that Trayvon’s fate could have easily befallen her own son.

Jaysen Bazile, who just graduated Science Park high school and is now working with New Jersey Communities United, wore a T-shirt with a hoodie attached. He said the ruling reinforced a feeling he already had.

“I could be murdered in cold blood and have the killer walk free,” he said. “Im already familiar with these issues of racism but this case confirms my biggest concern. If were not wiling to organize whats to think this wont happen again?”

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