BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Dozens of people showed their support for Trayvon Martin at Kensington and Bailey Avenues Sunday. Across the country and here in Buffalo, many people were stunned over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Some say they worry if the legal system is doing its job, while others say it should not be a race issue.
Buffalo resident Maggie Faircloth said, "I was pretty disgusted with it, but I don't think intimidating someone until they defend themselves gives you the right to stand your ground."
"Well it's all just a sad situation all the way around, it's just sad what the worlds become, becoming to," said Buffalo resident Michele Jones.
Sunday morning, Darius Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church, said Trayvon Martin's death was a result of more than just self defense.
Pridgen said, "This was clearly a case that dealt with racial profiling, of a young man of color walking through a neighborhood who was being followed."
Not everyone agreed that the confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman was fueled by race, but instead, that the judicial system failed to do its job.
Kenmore resident Mike Mellan said, "If the man had backed off, like the telephone operator had said, the little boy would still be alive. I think it's a travesty of justice."
News 4 Legal Analyst Terry Connors says if there was a Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case here in New York, the trial and verdict would likely be different. Connors called the outcome predictable, due to lack of a witness, the evidence at hand and Florida's stand your ground law.
Connors said, "The individual on trial, George Zimmerman, had discernable, physical injuries. He had a fractured nose, he had lacerations of the hand. That, in on of itself was demonstrated through graphic photographs was the type of evidence that suggests that he should be permitted to use the stand your ground defense, that he was justified in his acts because he was in fear of physical injury."
New York does not have a stand your ground law, instead it's your duty to retreat and use discretion to determine the ability to avoid a confrontation. Terry Connors says because of that difference in the law, if George Zimmerman was tried in New York, Zimmerman would have been much more difficult to defend.
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