Hundreds march through streets for "Justice for Trayvon"

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St. Louis, MO/East St. Louis,IL (KSDK)--People across the metro join with people in cities across America in rallying for Trayvon Martin, and to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal a week ago tonight for his role in Martin's death.

From downtown St. Louis to East St. Louis, they protested in front of federal courthouses hoping for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

"As a black man, that could have been me," says Lester Yancey. "I have a son. That could have been him."

"I can only imagine if that was my son and justice hadn't been served," adds Stefanie Williams.

"A jury of white women were wrong in the decision that they made and I wanted to represent white women and maybe make a difference for white women showing that we do care and we want to end racial profiling," says Sue Bauer.

Young and older, lots of these men and women are protesting the type of racial profiling some believe started the chain of events that landed them here today.

"I'm a young black man that just wants justice," says 18 year old Mikeith Teague. "This is 2013. We're not in the 19's anymore. Racism should be past now."

Attorney Leslie Broadnax is leading the push in St. Louis.

"The jury has spoken. We're done at that level. You don't get two bites at the apple, as they teach us in law school. That's why we're here today just to reiterate that we want it looked into at the federal level, regarding Trayvon Martin's civil rights," she says.

"I think that it's important that we deliver the message that we are not going to stand for not being treated equal," Lavon Singleton told us at the rally in East St. Louis. "We're not going to stand for injustice. And I think the message was made loud and clear this afternoon that East St. Louis is in total opposition of the verdict of the Zimmerman trial."

But one man, who reached out to us on facebook, doesn't agree with the protestors.

"When you've got other people who want to insinuate that justice hasn't been served, you're dis-crediting the system that our country is founded on."

He asked not to be identified, as he works in the legal field. He says this should never have been about race.

"It's not a black or a white thing. It is simply a human to human interaction. And when people take that out of context and blow things out of proportion, things like this grow into greater hatred, greater anger, and there will never be a unified city..."

Trayvon's father, Tracy, is from East St. Louis. His friends organized the march there.

"My idea of why this came about was to show love to Tracy Martin and the family, totally," says Reginald Young.

The rallying cry at this march was also for people in crime-ridden communities to put down their guns. Reginald Young says they hope the message will stick.

"We are going to march. We are going to fight, not physically, and we are going to take care of our own."

All of these marches lead to the big march on Washington. That will be August 24.











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