Local group discusses Zimmerman verdict

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/15/2013 9:42 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two Tupelo women brought together a group of about 30 people to discuss the George Zimmerman verdict in Ballard Park.

Monica Rainey and her friend Veronica Long got together to discuss their displeasure with the verdict on Facebook .

"We decided something needed to be said and talked about. We just decided to bring together a group of people and have a discussion. A little bit of dialogue," said Rainey.

"The issue that needs to be resolved...is that man was shot down like an animal and it was justifiable in this country," said a participant. 

"Don't be surprised about the things that's happening out there and you want to take some action at one particular time. When something happens it has to take place every day," said a local woman.

Other issues discussed were education, jobs, and racial profiling. But, it was all centered around the Zimmerman case.

"I love it. I came out here to give my support concerning the atrocity that happened to Travon Martin. And, not only that but to prevent future Travon Martins," said Antonio Osborn of Tupelo

"I just wanted to say I have a son in Florida and I'm concerned not only for my son, but I'm concerned for all young black men," said Lela Green of Tupelo.
After an hour long discussion, Monica and her friend were pleased with the outcome, but want to take further action.

"The NAACP website has a petition and I can forward it to whomever and just get it out. It's on my page on Facebook. They need signatures so they can pursue Mr. Zimmerman for civil court, for civil lawsuits," she told the crowd.

Rainey plans to hold more meetings in the future to discuss topics pertaining to law enforcement in Mississippi.

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