Over the weekend crowds of people gathered around New York City to rally around the memory of Trayvon Martin and protest a court decision that let a man who shot and killed an unarmed child walk away with no consequences. According to NBC News and the AP, the largest group consisted of over 1,000 people congregated at Times Square. Predictably, there were some arrests–the NYPD issued summons to “between 12 and 20 people” for disorderly conduct, and will release an exact figure later today.
Mayor Bloomberg lamented the verdict and criticized Florida’s “stand your ground” gun law in a statement. “Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably never be known,” he said. “But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns.”
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