Houstonians are continuing to protest the verdict after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The protestors say they met yesterday, today and will continue to come together until Zimmerman is federally indicted. "President Obama you need to direct your justice department to file charges against George Zimmerman," Kofi Taharka with the National Black United Front announced over a loud speaker.
Almost 200-people protested outside the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. They are asking the federal government to indict Zimmerman on civil rights violations. "It just doesn't make sense. The boy didn't have to die," says protestor Gregory Sam. Sam says Zimmerman was the adult in the situation but didn't behave responsibly. He says if Zimmerman had only walked away and let officers do their job the teenager would still be alive. "911 told him, instructed him, to back off and he didn't. He ignored that and killed an unarmed child," says Sam.
"He killed a child. He killed an innocent child. Can you not walk down the street (without) fear of being killed?" asked protestor Pat Hartwell.
The group marched to the federal building. Some drivers honked and shouted words of support. Inside, as the crowd rallied on Rusk Street some federal workers watched and plenty of police patrolled. Harris County Sheriff's deputies set up barricades at the courthouse but those rallying say they aren't looking for trouble, only justice. "I have a grandson who looks like Trayvon Martin. I am scared half to death that he will be stopped and shot," Hartwell adds. Several young men in the crowd carried signs reading "Am I Next?"
A number of protesting parents expressed that same concern. "As the father of four sons I'm very disturbed by the killing of an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin," says community activist Robert Muhammad.
"We will no longer allow our children to be killed," says Ariel Brinkley.
"I brought my son along with me, he's 9-years-old, just to give him an opportunity to be a part of something positive. We're out here in love and peace. We're just trying to get justice," explains Sam.
"Trayvon Martin's death is not in vain. Trayvon Martin's family will receive justice. The nation will receive justice and to say to that jury in Stanford, Florida they will not have the last word," says community activist Quanell X.
"Two protestors were detained by police fordisturbing a public meeting after the group marched to Houston City Hall but theywere not charged". The protesting will continue on Sunday with a rally and protest in River Oaks.