And there were far fewer people around: As sun set in Leimert Park on Tuesday night, more than 80 protesters remained, clustered on the sidewalk along Crenshaw Blvd at the intersection of Vernon Avenue. A day earlier, hundreds roamed the area.
In another change from Monday, bodyguards Tuesday night were escorting TV reporters in Leimert Park, a day after KCBS/KCAL reporter Dave Bryan and cameraman Scott Torrens were assaulted during the violent Monday night protest. Torrens left the scene in an ambulance.
From the late afternoon onward, the protest had the semblance of a festival: music blasting out of radios, artists peddling t-shirts with "I am Trayvon" spray painted on them and many families with young children joining the demonstration.
Protesters waved signs that read "Honk for Trayvon"; others chanted, "No justice, no peace."
Jeanie Jones, 33, works at a hair salon in Leimert Park and had noticed the police on horseback earlier today. She was unable to make it to prior protests but came tonight with her 6-month-old son.
Jones said what motivates the protest along Crenshaw Boulevard "goes way deeper than what you see on the corner," linking the shooting death of Martin and the acquittal of
"The verdict was an outrage. It sends a message that it's OK to profile a kid and claim self-defense, when Trayvon was just defending himself," Jones said.
Jones has two other children and said the killing and subsequent trial and verdict struck such a chord because "we all know a Trayvon and we've all been profiled."
Warren Jones, 22, was on his way home to Glendale from Southwest Community College when he got off the bus in Leimert Park. Toting a binder and textbooks, Jones said he was here to support the community.
"This event happened in Florida, yet still, when people heard the verdict, they were hurt as if Trayvon was their son," he said.
Jones added that the verdict yet again revealed the "history of injustice," mimicking the outcome of
"If I shoot a 14 year old, and he's white, I'm getting the death penalty. I'm getting 25 to life. It's no question," he said.
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