Tacomans gathered in a group of about 40 Wednesday night at Wright Park in support of Trayvon Martin and in opposition to the acquittal of the man who killed him, many clad in symbolic hooded sweatshirts.
They organized through social media and word of mouth.
Their destination: the courthouse.
Were here to change laws, 20-year-old Shontia Walton said. Its not a justice system. Thats why I think we should stop calling it that.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old in February 2012 in Sanford, Fla., was acquitted Saturday.
The jury supported Zimmermans contention that Martin, a black teenager walking through his fathers neighborhood in a hooded sweatshirt, struck Zimmerman and hit his head on a sidewalk and that Zimmerman acted in self-defense.
Those gathered Wednesday said the shooting and the verdict are evidence of racial inequalities in todays justice system.
Like Florida, Washington is one of about 30 states that does not legally require someone to retreat before using force to defend himself.
Some Wednesday night called for reform of that law, among others.
Martins cousin, Cedric President-Turner, was among those at the march. The Pierce College student said hes been a sort of spokesperson for the family locally.
We still have a long way to go as a society, as a nation, he said. Theres still injustice in America; theres just not a light shined on it all the time.
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