SCRANTON– In April 2012, following Trayvon Martin’s death, hundreds of protesters gathered in Wilkes-Barre Public Square to rally.
The morning after a jury found George Zimmerman “not guilty”, the response in Scranton was quieter. However the verdict was on people’s minds as they went about their rountines in the heat.
On the street in front of Bethel AME Church, some people saw the verdict as a miscarriage of justice.
“I was shocked. But not really shocked,” says Oliver Burns of Scranton. He adds, “I know that they asked for calm. And people are upset. And they should be because the justice system does not always help the people it needs to help. ”
Faith Brantley of Scranton said, “There is going to be some more protesting.The family is very hurt. Not only the family, the United States.”
While some of the individuals we spoke with saw the case through the prism of race, others say they related to the trial as parents. parents
In Nay Aug Park we met a man who watched the trial with his 7 and 9-year-old kids because he wanted them to learn about the legal system.
Marcus Martinez says, “I think he should have gotten charged with at least something. Because what if one of my kids died?”
His children, 9-year-old Rainn and 7-year-old Gage say they too were surprised.
Gage says, “I don’t think it was right”
But not everyone sees the jury’s decsion as evidence the legal system is broken.
Judy murphy of Scranton says, “He attacked George Zimmerman and I don’t think it was right. I agree with the verdict.”
Her daughter, Melanie Murphy Yee adds,”I was surprised i was pleasantly surprised,i believe it was the right thing to do, the fair way to go and i feel bad for him that he has to go into hiding for the rest of his life.”
Dorothy Eutizi of Dunmore says she feels sympathy for everyone involved.
“I think African-Americans and whites need to just come together, and do the best that we can from this point forward. To teach the children and the young people that are coming up.”