BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke candidly about the George Zimmerman trial, urging the public to respect the verdict.
The President talked about his own experiences as a young black man, gave his condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin, and questioned stand-your-ground laws.
Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, was in Buffalo shortly after the verdict for a Masonic convention and stayed for part of the week. He is a member of the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons. hey have given him great support in his greatest time of need.
After going on national television, Tracy Martin took his message of non-violent protest to Buffalo, addressing his fellow International Masons-Order of the Eastern Star.
Sister Patricia Hollowell said, "He wanted us to remain prayerful that God will take care of all things."
The convention honored his thoughts with a statement of support.
Kenneth Hollowell added, "It's a call for peace and calm. We are a people who promote brotherhood, sisterhood. We don't feel that violence is a way to resolve any issues."
Tracy Martin had attended services last Sunday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Buffalo. A proclamation from the Erie County Legislature commends Tracy Martin for the way he handled the verdict that acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon.
Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant said, "His stance on making sure that this country did not erupt into a racial turmoil or riots all across the country."
President Obama urged communities to find ways to prevent what happened to Trayvon.
Buffalo lawmaker Darius Pridgen wants registered community watch groups and block clubs to be required to undergo special training.
"In basic terms, it is about watching out for their community, but it is never about being a police officer," Pridgen said.
Pridgen will talk about that new law he is proposing at a rally in Niagara Square Saturday night at 6 p.m.
There will be rallies in a hundred cities Saturday for those who disagree with the Zimmerman verdict but who want to work toward progress in race relations.
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A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
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A registered nurse from Lockport has admitted concealing her knowledge of her boyfriend's drug dealing activities.
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