TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Dozens of Topeka residents took to the south steps of the statehouse grounds to voice what they believe to have been an injustice after Saturdays of acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The peaceful rally was designed to promote unity and a fight for peace. Co-organizer Janel Clay believed no matter the outcome, no one came out a winner. She said, "It's just an injustice because a child has been killed. It could have been anyone's child. White, black, Mexican, Chinese, a kid is a kid and he had his whole life in front of him and now he does not."
Civil rights activist Lawrence Kelly understands the belief in protecting your neighborhood, but felt George Zimmerman could have handled matters differently. He said, "He did not have to pursue him in any kind of way. Just make observations and report what he saw."
Co-organizer Lakiesha Sanders felt the event was for anyone, regardless of race, that stood for justice. She said, "Even if you have had a family member that has not received justice or was served unjustly, everyone is here to support each other and just come united."
Organizers plan to hold another rally on Wednesday at 9 am and Friday at 5 pm.