"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere."

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"I feel like it could have been me."

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict rallies took place in nearly 100 cities nationwide today to honor Trayvon Martin, including right here in Bowling Green.

Those who attended the march, organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee, reacted strongly to the not guilty verdict handed down just one week ago.

"I was shocked I expected at least a manslaughter conviction," says Carla Gatewood.

"Seeing that he got found not guilty I kind of got sick to my stomach. I wasn't expecting that," says Troy Halcomb.

"Everybody has to stand up and say what's right is right and it's not right that a young man is dead and the person who killed him gets his gun back," added Claudia Hanes.

It's a verdict that has sparked a national divide and for those who marched for justice it's a case that hits close to home, as they echoed the words of President Obama.

"I feel like it could have been me. I mean I walk by myself all the time and it could have been me. It could be anybody," says Halcomb's younger brother.

They carried signs and marched from the Warren County Justice Center to State Street Baptist Church in hope through peaceful protesting they can create change.

"Right is right and wrong is wrong and if that cannot be demonstrated in the court through laws then maybe laws need to be changed specifically, the stand your ground law," says Gatewood when asked why she attended the march.

"We support repealing stand your ground laws here in Kentucky because it absolves the shooter from any responsibility all they have to do is claim they were acting in self defense, and generally there is no other side because the other side has been silenced," says Hanes.

Jane Lewis and Jackie Hawkins who have been friends for nearly 30 years say, they hope to break the barriers of stereotypes by marching for equality.

"What we both hope is that people would get a fair shake and that everybody would be treated as equal whether your a person of color or a white person that you would be treated equally, and that you would have the same protection equally in the legal system as well as walking outside because she has a son and I have a son it's terrifying to both of us thinking that at any point somebody could say "oh you look threatening and I can chase you down and shoot you," so we both hope a fair shake, peace, and justice would come out of this," says Lewis.

The theme of today's march was, "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere."


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