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Trayvon Martin Riots? Peaceful Protesters Number 10,000 In NYC

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Despite talk of Trayvon Martin riots ratched up in the media before George Zimmerman was found to be not guilty by a Florida jury last night, widescale rallies held in major US cities have remained largely peaceful — despite a large demonstration in New York drawing an estimated 10,000 people.

As midnight nears, the number of people taking to the streets in Trayvon Martin’s name (but not rioting) does not seem to be decreasing, and several livestreams have popped up — with no evidence of any untoward behavior.

The New York Trayvon Martin rally appeared to be heating up a few moments ago, with audible shouts of “film the police!” and “take out your phones!”

But as the crowd marches up to Harlem from Times Square, chants of “no justice, no peace” and “the system is rotten, it killed Trayvon Martin” can be heard among the peaceful demonstrators gathered late into the hot night in NYC.

Over on Twitter, the Trayvon rallies are being widely covered on the ground by attendees and distributed by signal boosters, and in L.A. and NYC, some reports of police and demonstrator tension have been sighted.

The NYC livestream indicates that at least three have been arrested during the protests, and a device called an LRAD is said to have been spotted with NYPD on scene:

In L.A., Trayvon Martin “riots” have reportedly closed the freeway intermittently, and some reports of rubber bullets fired at protesters have also been tweeted:

Concern has been expressed for Trayvon Martin rally attendees on the service, with one user adding:

Others report “zip ties” being wielded at peaceful Trayvon rally protesters:

Watch the Trayvon Martin rally livestream in NYC above.

Do you consider the protests to be Trayvon Martin riots, or peaceful protests?

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6 Responses to “Trayvon Martin Riots? Peaceful Protesters Number 10,000 In NYC”

  1. James Arbogast

    Where was all this outrage when it was leaked that the government is spying on us. Where was it for the 14 month old baby shot in the face by 2 gang bangers in his stroller cause his mom didn't have any cash they got off . Lol. Sheeple. Blindly following the sensantionalist media.

  2. Mike Fondant

    Nothing happened. Stop wishing it to. Sorry that it's not the 80s anymore the TRUE Black community has learned from the Rodney days. The fools who want to loot and cause mayhem are the same fools part of any race few and fat between and the Black community wants them out. What Gangbangers do has nothing to do with 99% of the the people Black, White, Mixed,Asian Hispanic who are peacefully protesting.

    James I have outrage for the story you are saying if true and if not true I'm sure there are incidents out there. However this is not about that incident as sad as it is. This is about the Trayvon case and how once again someone has gone free for shooting the most negatively treated race in America PERIOD. Wether you describe George Zimmerman as a "White Hispanic" Hispanic or as some weird people say Mexican(which is just wrong) it doesnt matter (though personally I see him as
    White. His father is White and Jewish and George could easily pass when he's skinny. I follow the one white drop rule :) " This isn't sensationalist media the nation just so happened to pick this topic to launch and voice their concerns. It could of been any case it just happens to be this one. Like it or not like many cases Im sure your aware if this one was not brought to light 40 DAYS LATER it would of been swept under the rug. Alot of people forget that. This was an open and shut case. I feel the Jury goofed up but that's the law. If the civil case can be made I hope he can be convicted in some way. I thought in the trial case manslaughter was appropriate for maybe 8-14 yrs or perhaps 17 to be poetic.

    I don't know what happened that night. The only thing I wish Trayvon had done was not fought back OR attacked pre-preemptively whatever the case may be. Mind you after reading a story of Brandon Pettiford who was beaten by 2 racist white males for daring to dance at a party with a white girl and he didn't even fight back.. maybe not fighting back isn't the best option take a look at Brandon Pettiford face after the beating. With that said his White female FRIEND tried her best to help him early on to leave the party only to be driven down when the beating took place and she took some hits too. That barely made the news at all. I would love to see you defend that one James had that been the story the nation acted on.