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Jul 15, 2013 12:32 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Zimmerman verdict protests come to Tucson

TUCSON - About 2 dozen people protested the George Zimmerman verdict at the federal courthouse Downtown Sunday.

"We knew we would have a small group tonight," Maria Moore said, "but we really intended to just stand in solidarity with folks across the nation."

People are demonstrating all over the United States, mostly peacefully, but some have turned violent in Oakland and Los Angeles.

In Tucson, protesters talked about racial profiling and the problem with "stand-your-ground" laws.

"Race is a big part of it. Guns are a big part of it," Moore said, "but really it's an ideology that we really want to challenge."

Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva appeared on CNN talking about the verdict, saying the debate is not over.

"I think it's right to ask the Justice Department to fully, fully pursue a civil rights violation," Grijalva said.

The defendant's brother, Robert Zimmerman, also appeared on CNN, criticizing the injection of race in the issue.

"Two very crafty attorneys got away with fabricating a completely scripted narrative," he said, "and selling it to the American people through the media."

Christine Batiste is trying to organize a fundraiser in Tucson for Trayvon Martin's foundation and his parents. She wants people to run, walk or ride their bike at Lakeside Park on Saturday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. She can be contacted at c.batiste28@ymail.com.

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