Several thousand march peacefully to protest Trayvon Martin verdict

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Protestors march through downtown.
On a day too hot for hoodies, the protestors packed into Government Plaza on Monday night instead showed their solidarity with Trayvon Martin through black armbands, loud chants, and homemade posters. "No justice, no peace," was a recurring chorus, and attendees walked through the throng wearing t-shirts that read, "Guilty: Young. Black. Male," and buttons stamped with, "Minnesotans Against Being Shot."

The crowd, several thousand strong, had gathered not only to protest the Saturday acquittal of Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, but also a closer-to-home sign of what many deemed racial injustice: The death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin in a shooting with Minneapolis Police this May, about which details are still emerging. Throughout the two-hour rally and march, the names Trayvon and Terrance were intertwined.

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For the first hour, speaker after speaker, from youth leaders to reverends to Brother Ali, stepped up to the microphone on the plaza steps and related spoken word poetry, speeches about moving forward, and personal stories. Trayvon Martin is my son, one woman said. A man described the experience of being Tasered by police in north Minneapolis.
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An aerial view of Government Plaza on Monday.
They also made their demands known. First: That the U.S. Department of Justice file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman (a call also being made by the NAACP, though experts say the move would be difficult). Second: That Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman prosecute Lucas Peterson, the Minneapolis police officer who shot Terrance Franklin. Third: For "an end to the criminalization of youth of color."
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The protestors on the move. A matching banner read, "Justice 4 Terrance."
After the last speaker stepped down, the crowd began to move. From the Government Plaza, they crossed Nicollet Mall and continued onto Hennepin, as traffic honked in support.

Both the rally and the march went off without conflict. On Monday afternoon, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau urged the protestors to remain "vocal not violent," and they did just that. Police spokesperson William Palmer says that officers present at the event did not intervene.

By Tuesday morning, a string of yellow graffiti -- "MPD murdered Terrance Franklin" -- at the back corner of Government Plaza was the only sign that the protestors had been there.

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NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

Reports have said Terrance Franklin "grabbed at" or even "tried to get control of " the gun,  but police are being very cagy about who fired the bullets that wounded the officers.    Did Franklin ever have any control over the gun? ? ?    That is unknown.    

Were the wounds to the officers a result of ricochets from rounds fired by officers? ?    

If Franklin was shot because  he was being the aggressor (trying to take gun) then how is it that he is killed by bullets to his back &back of head  from the gun he is supposedly trying to take?  (only 1 gun was discharged)

 We know very little about the Franklin killing and what we know comes from a police department that has earned a degree of distrust.

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@j.reiter  How dare you suggest that the facts in the Terrance Franklin case have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt?    You are convicting a dead man based on the word of police, including the shooter who has a documented history of lying about his use of excessive force.      And, the Martin jury was in fact quite divided.   In the end the dead man lost in court because "beyond a reasonable doubt" is a high bar.    That doesn't prove Zimmerman is innocent.  Get a clue.
 You display a strong desire to reach politically motivated conclusions.    A desire so strong that you can ignore basic facts to the point of cognitive dissonance.      You are the worst kind of nasty partisan drone.  

mrgasso
mrgasso

Don't act like an ass clown and you'll be ok in life. nuff said

j.reiter
j.reiter

In our new society, Black people can not commit crime, Terrance Franklin, for instance, attempted to kill a cop, but the liberals will all stand in solidarity that he was an innocent victim of oppression.  Trayvon Martin attacked a volunteer, punching his face and bashing his head against the concrete, but he is an innocent victim.  These cases are perfect examples of "Liberal Mental Disorder" where any notion of normalcy or consistancy is devalued, rejected and replaced with something trendy.

josh019
josh019

just a question.. Wasn't Terrance Franklin the alleged burglar that ran from the cops and then grabbed one of their guns?

thomas.m.crouse
thomas.m.crouse

Double check your third photo caption, pretty sure that banner says "Justice 4 Trayvon"

Drew Woolcott
Drew Woolcott

Nobody knows what really happened. Sorry grieve and move on. People are needlessly murdered everyday do we make a federal case of it??

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

But that's the problem - not everyone agrees that justice was served (even if you think it was). Protesting is our way to speak our minds and share opinions (again, whether you agree or not). We all have the right to free speech and free assembly right? Now, was this case blown out of proportion? Yes, but it sheds light on a much bigger issue w/our society and that is what is driving the backlash.

Dave McLaughlin
Dave McLaughlin

It is a pretty good thing when Minnesotans can voice an opinion without stooping to the low standards that are apparently acceptable in other locations.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

no that youtube link is an example of protests gone wrong. I was referring to the Mpls rally as posted by Citypages.

Austen Patrick Carey
Austen Patrick Carey

I agree! Its a sad and tragic event that happened but to blast it, protest it, riot it and exploit it is just obnoxious.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

agree Naomi. lighten up dude people are out doing something peaceful and positive so why should it bother you?

Naomi Lynette
Naomi Lynette

you know if you dont like it you dont have to read about it, you can always ignore and move on to things that do interest you... Thank you Citypages, glad i am able to stay updated by your posts :)

Georgia Connelly
Georgia Connelly

Networks made little mention of Terrance Franklin. thanks for this coverage.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Several thousand needing to find something better to do with their lives... Stop reporting about this crap!

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@j.reiter  How dare you suggest that the facts in the Terrance Franklin case have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt?    You are convicting a dead man based on the word of police, including the shooter who has a documented history of lying about his use of excessive force.      And, the Martin jury was in fact quite divided.   In the end the dead man lost in court because "beyond a reasonable doubt" is a high bar.    That doesn't prove Zimmerman is innocent.  Get a clue.
 You display a strong desire to reach politically motivated conclusions.    A desire so strong that you can ignore basic facts to the point of cognitive dissonance.      You are the worst kind of nasty partisan drone. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@j.reiter Republicans like you are so racist you defend a criminal with a history of violence who stalked and killed an unarmed teenager.  You are an evil and stupid person.  

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@josh019  Only if you believe the policeman who has a bulging file of excessive force complaints against him, $700,000 in settlements, and a documented history of falsely reporting the events of his excessive force incidents.    

Terrance Franklin is a dead man, lost to his family and friends, who will never get to defend his name or tell his version of events.   

Check yourself.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@josh019 just a question, do you actually pay attention to what the Minneapolis cops do?     The gang strike task force was massively corrupt.  Not even the good cops would testify against their fellow officers.  That means they are all corrupt.  Go read about Taylor Trump fool.  The Minneapolis cops fucked up that investigation on purpose to protect crooked cops.   Cops have little credibility.   Read a newspaper sometime stupid. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Drew Woolcott When an unarmed teenager is shot in his neighborhood by a criminal with a history of violence and the corrupt racist cops do nothing about it then it is the exact time to make it a federal case.  

qwer
qwer

@Terese Ahrens Yah, that americans are really stupid about race. We have a long history of it, from racist voting laws to today's pc culture and constant race relation defining. It goes both ways, and it's time people grow the fuck up and look past these things. This case was only about one thing, whether or not zimmerman acted in self-defense, which boils down to who started the fight. It's preposterous to think we could know someone's deeply held beliefs and then convict the person based upon them. It doesn't even really matter if he was a racist asshole, chances are he wasn't, but he may have been, either way it is irrelevant.

casey76
casey76

THANK YOU!!  Why is this even an issue??!!  It's 2013, not 1955!!  You can't play the race card anymore!!  I don't care if the person is white, black, purple, young, old, male, female, gay or straight!  If someone attacks ME, I'm shootin'!

Onan
Onan

@Nick Goers - And yet you find time to comment on this story.

j.reiter
j.reiter

@MicheleBachmann@NoFeverSwampBS@digitalprotocol

Ok, I admit that I am a racist, evil, stupid, a nasty partisan and sound like a dumb cop. Now that I have admitted this, hopefully we do not have to revisit it in future conversations.

I would just like to point out that while you guys think you can hold me to some impossibly obtainable burden to prove my beliefs, and think that you can shut down my opinion by resorting to lawyerly standards, everyone of you pisses on the system by not respecting the OPINION of the jury. Why would I ever consider an alternate idea? I didn't have to make the decision and neither do you; we contracted six people to agree on a verdict so we would not have to have that stress. It is time to move forward, because this case is not and was not our responsibility.

If you do not agree, go ahead and incite the uneducated black population where you live, what good do you think is going to come from it? Do you think that it is going to actually help anyone making them think that they are oppressed, that they are single parents because of some fictitious white person, that they can't get a job because of racism even though they are illiterate? That they are targeted by police because they were caught in the act or prevented from committing a crime?

Did you know that when Trayvon was kicked out of school for vandalism? Or that the police found stolen jewelry in his backpack? Did you know he had an unregistered and illegal handgun? Did you know he went to the store to get ingredients for 'purple drank?' Give me a break and learn a little about the community that you guys think you are helping. If you incite a riot, who's neighborhoods will get burnt down, who will suffer the most? If there is a real injustice, I will be in front of the march; but this is not injustice, this is the system that our ancestors created and it is better than any other system.

There are serious lessons to learn from all of these events. The law is solid, if you attack someone, they have the right to kill you; If someone is following you, it is probably a good idea to get off of the phone with your single digit IQ girlfriend and call the cops (would have immediately solved this problem). If you commit a crime, and the police catch you, it is not a good idea to fight them or act aggressively towards them; if they attack you without reason, then it is another story; it is a horrible idea to try to take another persons gun from them.

If the black community would realize that this is white culture, and how white people are; that white culture is not racist culture, maybe they would have less problems. Why must white people always digress to fit black culture, when will everyone figure out that a compromise involves both sides?


josh019
josh019

@NoFeverSwampBS @josh019 Wow... I did not even give an opinion on this issue and you instantly resort to name calling... who's the fool?  Who needs to check themselves?  You mindlessness follow the opinion given to you by your "side of the isle".  I just said a prayer that you don't go beat an innocent person senseless in the name of justice for somebody you don't even know about an issue that your knowledge only extends to sensationalized headlines and ignorant rantings of people with a less than genuine agenda. 

qwer
qwer

@MicheleBachmann What difference does it make whether he was a teenager or armed? He was six foot and 150. He used the concrete as a deadly weapon when he started banging zimmerman's skull into it. The whole situation is unfortunate, but martin was no innocent child. And you are ridiculous to assume so many variables in order for your account of what happened to be true. You think you know the man's beliefs(that he was racist) and his intentions, even that he was "stalking" (look up the legal definition) and then claim that the cops involved were all also racist and so corrupt as to distort the case in order to achieve this outcome. I suppose the jury was paid too? Get real.

j.reiter
j.reiter

@digitalprotocol

I lack culture because I am white? What?

Looks like I hit your Jew nerve; the risk of exposure, now is too high for you.  I know that you are a Jew because only a Jew could hate white people as much as you do; take a chill pill racist.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@j.reiter can you not comprehend anything...


you are completly insane...."You are using the uneducated mass that you and your society created to attack the white people of Minnesota."

dumb cop fuck

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@j.reiter  

your attacking jews now, im not jewish you fat white shitbird. 

you are poorly educated, lacking any type of knowledge or culture.

tell us more about WHITE POWER and how you empower your black friends.

you are the biggest pussy ive come accross on the interwebs, well done

j.reiter
j.reiter

@NoFeverSwampBS
I am happy that you at least slightly changed your tone and realize that I am a person too.  I think we have more in common than you would like to admit; for starters, I hate cops and think 50% of them become cops to bust people that wouldn't be friends with them in high school.

j.reiter
j.reiter

@digitalprotocol@j.reiter@MicheleBachmann@NoFeverSwampBS

I didn't call all blacks illiterate.  Just the ones you are using to create violence; I know that as a Jew, you are familiar with statistics; and so am I.  You are using the uneducated mass that you and your society created to attack the white people of Minnesota.  Before the Jews were in Minnesota, 90% of black children had dual parent households; black unemployment in MN was the lowest in the world.  Your policies destroyed them, dirty kike.  If white men are so evil then why does everyone want to move to the places that they built, to include your gall and wormwood infested ass?  Get a life weirdo, Just because you are Jewish gives you no right to attack me or insinuate that I oppress black people.  All of my black friends understand that I empower them, all you want to do is tell them how they won't amount to anything because of a nonexistent white person.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@j.reiter @MicheleBachmann @NoFeverSwampBS @digitalprotocol 

you call blacks illiterate, make ad hominem attacks at people youve never met, you know nothing about the history of the world.

white men are the most evil in all of history you fkn dumb cop.

the only reason you are able to sit on your fat ass and type thsi drivel is because your ancestors straight up murdered and exploited their way into power.

you prob are some fat white 40something whose wife is a slob... get a weapon put it in your pig hole

"if someone attacks you have the right to KILL them"

who gave you that right? are you a god? I am a god and deem that as foolish. 

you are THE SAVAGE

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@j.reiter   Actually I think you are a cop and you are burying a discussion of Terrance Franklin under a mountain of BS ......................................I don't really see compassion in you.   Frankly, you give more vitriol than you get and it is all directed at strangers, including whole classes of people - so why are you whining.          But, mixed in with more assumptions, mis-characterizations, and demeaning racist comments you offer BS about what Franklin might or might not have done that was illegal.      First of all - who the heck are you to throw around a bunch of accusations about a dead guy?   Offensive, unsubstantiated, and summing to a moot point ....

An illegal shooting is illegal whether the victim was a saint or sinner. (& we are all sinners)    So, your blame the victim meme is weak.  

Your "alternative" viewpoint is simply the old thoughtless "blame the victim" and "support our police"  rant that every policeman uses in defense of possible misconduct.      I don't know what happened to Franklin in that basement.   But, you would clearly prefer everyone to stop asking questions.     (the other guy's assumption that you are a cop is looking more & more correct)

j.reiter
j.reiter

@MicheleBachmann @NoFeverSwampBS @digitalprotocol

I also hope that even though the three of you have no respect for me or alternate viewpoints that you understand that I respect you. I am a compassionate person and the way you people speak to strangers is outrageous.  I have respect for you and think the world needs more people that are concerned about injustice, if I didn't I would not have taken the time to respond to your extremely degrading comments.

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@josh019Reports have said TF "grabbed at" or even "tried to get control of " the gun,  but police are being very cagy about who fired the bullets that wounded the officers.    Did Franklin ever have any control over the gun? ? ?    That is unknown.    

Were the wounds to the officers a result of ricochets from rounds fired by officers? ?    

If Franklin was shot because  he was being the aggressor (trying to take gun) then how is it that he is killed by bullets to his back &back of head  from the gun he is supposedly trying to take?  (only 1 gun was discharged)

 We know very little about the Franklin killing and what we know comes from a police department that has earned a degree of distrust.

josh019
josh019

I agree that cops are pricks and racist (thats pretty obvious).  But even in the stories critical of the MPD about Franklin say that he attempted to grab an officer's MP5 and 2 cops were shot. Can you link to any reports that offer some solid evidence that he was murdered by the police?  I read the MPR stories about how Franklin's father said he was shot in the back of the head, but it still mentions that 2 cops were shot by this guy. Point being the Trayvon Martin case was significantly different than the Franklin case in that Zimmerman appears much more guilty than do the MPD. 

NoFeverSwampBS
NoFeverSwampBS

@josh019 @NoFeverSwampBS  Your opinion is very obvious in you rhetorical question and follow up rant.     I was not the poster who called you stupid, but you are making her point.    

The responses to your rhetorical question are chock full of references to which you are oblivious.   There are many facts out there from journalists doing surprisingly good work.   So, my advise remains the same; check yourself & go get informed about the Franklin shooting before you type.    

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@josh019 Fuck you dickhead liar.  You gave an opinion on the issue on the stupid way you phrased your first comment.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX Big surprise the racist thinks Trayvon Martin deserved to get shot.   You are an evil stupid bigot and the world will be a better place with you dead. 

kennyX
kennyX

@MicheleBachmann Attention Idiot: 911 dispatchers are not the police. He was told not to follow him. He did, but then the dispatchers told him to return to his car. He returned to the car. That is when the unarmed thug began to beat his ass. And Zimmerman responded by shooting the thug. BTW a 17 y/o is NOT a child. You need to go and motherfuck yourself and learn what the definition of a FACT is. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@qwer If George Zimmerman would have listened to the police Trayvon Martin would be alive.  Martin was in his own neighborhood and unarmed.   Only a racist idiot could see it any other way.  Zimmerman is a criminal with a history of violence who had no business stalking an unarmed child.  

casey76
casey76

You still haven't answered my question.  Since getting a car is not an option for me right now, what do you suggest I do?  Karate?  Learn to run REALLY, REALLY fast?  Jedi mind tricks?

casey76
casey76

I can see that trees are VERY important to YOU, seeing as they make the money that you obviously care for so deeply,  judging by that stack of hundreds...

casey76
casey76

I LOVE trees!  In fact, oak and maple work EXCELLENT when making rifles!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 trees make your life possible, again your mind is tiny

move back to the farm

casey76
casey76

Yup...and the 5M.   Ahh, resorting to name-calling, I see.  You're (the CORRECT usage, by the way) a gentleman and a scholar!  Have an excellent day, and don't forget to hug a tree!

casey76
casey76

Good idea, because there's NO crime out THERE and everyone is smaller than me so if someone attacks me I can just beat them up...or better yet, use my words!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 wrong....everyone knows the common sense rules if you are a girl

you dont walk around at night ALONE

thats dumb

10k says nothing ever happens to you and you have never been in a threatening situation while riding the bus. 

i bet you dont ride the 19?  

casey76
casey76

What I was "taught", my dear, was that there's no such thing as a free lunch and you have to do what you have to do to support yourself.  THAT is what I was taught.  Now jump back into your little BMW and go home to your gated community in Edina with your pretty wife and your 3 daughters to whom you taught self-defense so they'll NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING.

casey76
casey76

You're right!  Why didn't I think of that?  Pardon me while I pull ten grand out of my ass and buy myself a car, or better yet, go on welfare!  Then I can stay home in my nice safe apartment and YOU can support me!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 you cannot use a transitional word like furthermore to begin your thought... your commas are used wrong as well 

i am at work - trolling hicks, do not care about grammar or spelling. stick to the topic at hand. you are doing the opposite of everything youve been taught as a girl - walking alone at night...living in the hood...talking to strangers...


wanna bang?

casey76
casey76

Furthermore, may I suggest that before you insult someone's intelligence, perhaps YOU should go back to 3rd grade and learn the correct spelling of the word "perceived", along with the correct usage of the word "you're".

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 rethink your priorities and or get a car.

the premise you say you live is EXACTLY what they teach girls to avoid...i think that is poor judgement on your part. 

hope things improve 

really no excuse for your situation that i would buy into 

you are not from henn county are you? someplace in the hinterland i would bet

casey76
casey76

Actually I DON'T have a car and I DO have to take the bus at 11:30 at night in north Minneapolis.  And you're right.  I am a white girl.  And you didn't answer my question.  What do you suggest I do? 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 thats fearful thinking. either you live on Nside and have no car or your argument is ridiculous. 

chances are your a white farm girl or some shit. go back to grade 9 and stop making violent comments " im shootin"

have you ever shot someone?  its a pretty horrible experience

casey76
casey76

I'm 5'2" and 100 lbs. soaking wet.  (Quite the "monster".)  What would you suggest I do if I'm standing at a bus stop in north Minneapolis and someone attacks me, Jackie Chan??

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 firearms training????  its a gun, its made for idiots to use 

any 3 year old can use a gun

you're percieved level of sophistication is actually telling of your complete lack therof


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@casey76 you are a monster and don't deserve the power of life or death in the palm of your hand. 

go back and get your grade 9

casey76
casey76

Why?  So it can fall into the hands of some 14 year old punk with no firearms training who definitely WON'T be using it for self-defense?  Good idea, Einstein.

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