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At Miami's Trayvon Protests, Confusion Over Verdict and A Plea For Justice (Photos)

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Dozens of news vans surrounded Arthur Jackson III's church on Sunday, but the TV crews didn't stick around long when the pastor announced that Trayvon Martin's mother wasn't coming. Sybrina Fulton didn't show up at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church's services because she was still processing George Zimmerman's acquittal.

The church was filled to capacity and its main stage undulated under a filter of waving, cardboard fans. Jackson III lectured in his Kobe Bryant tee, comparing himself to Job, Christianity's patron saint of unanswered questions. "To be honest, Church, I don't have an answer," he said. "We can't trust lawyers, but we can still trust the Lord."

See also: DOJ's Trayvon Probe Still "Open" As Thousands Urge Civil Rights Charges For Zimmerman

A short video segment played during the service called "Antioch News Network" did not mention George Zimmerman's acquittal, which would lead to large protests in New York and Los Angeles later that day.

And outside the building's front doors, Steven Roundtree was just trying to reassure the young kids he mentors. He was recently released from prison after serving a year for cocaine-related charges and now assists with the church's altar boy program.

As six youths in white polo shirts horsed around outside, arm wrestling or giggling, Roundtree didn't know what to tell them. Some said they had no opinion on the trial. "He'll get what he has coming," he told the wide-eyed kids who were waiting for some Honey Buns, their morning snack, to make it through the policemen with walk-talkies and the lingering reporters dictating notes over cell phones.

After the treats made it to the the kids, Roundtree relaxed. He admitted he worried about violence after the Martin ruling: "You let pressure build up in the bottle, and it's going to explode."

Terrel Gay, an eight-year-old, unwrapped his snack while telling the Riptide that he remembers hearing the verdict on the radio with his mom, and that all she said was, "He shouldn't have shot that boy."

Later on Sunday, a few hundred people gathered around 6 p.m. to protest the verdict at Bayfront Park, including several children around Terrel's age holding signs. Zeevah Verond inspired a feeding frenzy of reporters as she barely held onto a sign that was bigger than her. Later, a nine-year-old named Clarissa stole the show, giving an impassioned speech in a fedora.

"A trained doctor said he only needed bandaids," she said of Zimmerman. "How did he get away with it because he's white? It's just not fair."

A woman behind her screamed: "That's coming from the youth, and adults can't see that." Later, parents picked up their sign-holding children and marched them north on Biscayne toward the Freedom Tower. Just before 7:30 it started to rain and the protest scattered.

Click through for photos from the church service and the Bayfront protest.


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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

can someone used stand your ground  on George Zimmerman. pay are a bytch

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Micheal Dunn shot an SUV with four teens parked in a gas station because their music was too loud, killing Jordan Davis. He is being tried by the SAME DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE as Trayvon Martin, and no one is talking about it in the press. Why?” 

 
FLORIDA IS A FUCK UP STATE

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

The networks were salivating for riots...then they could sit back and say their usual "shocking video out of (insert city) shows how the verdict is affecting the country"...if there are race issues in this country, it's because the media (both right AND left) chase after fear mongers and race baiters and shove microphones in their faces, giving them the audience they crave...if it wasn't for media constantly striving to point out the differences in us all, I wonder if we'd be able to get along better...

Oscar Vidal
Oscar Vidal

Right or wrong verdict is your personal opinion. The american judicial system works and should be praised.

Teresa Custin Guis
Teresa Custin Guis

I have so much admiration for the dignified response the African American community has displayed. My friends now wishing to remind their children of the real world in which they live so as to protect them. However, I personally feel that the "pundits" foreboding the "race riots" were in both camps. As a conservative myself, and one that felt so sad for this whole case in which no one could win (Zimmerman will live his whole life with the knowledge that a young man is gone because of his actions), I wish we could all just stop accusing each other...citizens need to find common ground once more and stop seeing those with different opinions as the enemy.

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

The media is typically at fault for fanning the flames.

Daniel Lopez-Recio
Daniel Lopez-Recio

I love how African Americans didn't riot across Florida in the actual state where this whole mess started. They showed their composure. It seemed like most commenters all across the internet wanted them too. Most even calling them savages and animals. African Americans didn't give into what the media wanted and what some ignorant assholes in the internet wanted which was them stooping so low as to riot.

Stephen Hiteshew
Stephen Hiteshew

The riots were easily predicted because of thousands upon thousands of direct threats on social media by individuals. "Blame the conservatives" is so tired and played out.

Julian Perez
Julian Perez

Freud said people don't think about disasters unless they long for them to happen. What's a few more dead black people to these monsters?

Jeannie Necessary
Jeannie Necessary

Maybe the headline should have been "most media pundit". Not just isolating conservative news outlets.

Leon Heflin
Leon Heflin

"conservative pundits"? what does that even mean? CNN and MSNBC sounded like they were actually promoting riots!

Kenny Southwell
Kenny Southwell

nice try MNT! not only were the alphabet networks & all cable news networks predicting it & fanning the flames, you know they were hoping for it. you should be ashamed of yourself.

Craig Oneil
Craig Oneil

no but liberal pundits suggested the same thing so don't act as if its a partisan issue.

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Of course not. Everybody else will claim the same thing. Everybody was just commenting on what everybody else was saying and doing.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Juan R., never once did New Times ever imply or say race riots would happen. Ever.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


Who calls the police just prior to committing 2nd degree murder? Someone who is known by the police and whose father is a retired judge would be confident that there would no consequence. And if it wasn't for the outrage by the public, he wouldn't be on trial.He had a dad who could tell him how to get away with stand your ground.

Had Mr. Martin shot and killed Mr. Zimmerman under similar circumstances, Mr. Martin would have been quickly arrested by the Sanford Police Department and charged in the killing, without the benefit of the doubt” And vigorously questioned by police if he claimed self-defense. The SPD treated Zimmerman easier than Hannity treated him--few tough questions, few questions about the details. The prosecution was handed a weak case because of the shoddy work of the SPD.” Actually, they would have beat Trayvon to a pulp first! and claimed he was resisting arrest (had Trayvon shot & killed zimmerman)

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Conservative pundits? Don't try to distance yourselves now, all news media were predicting it.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Mercy Suarez  

that  was fox news 

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