Chicagoans’ Legal, Social Justice Reactions to Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman was acquitted of the charges of second degree murder and manslaughter against Trayvon Martin on July 13. The verdict translated into varying reactions amongst Chicago citizens; ranging from supporters of Zimmerman to supporters of the Martin family.

Meanwhile some mainstream media outlets, like CNN, connected the case to Chicago youth violence—saying that what happened to Martin is nothing compared to the violence that happens on the city’s west and south sides of Chicago.

To better understand the connection between Martin’s death and gun violence in Chicago, reporters from RealChiYouth interviewed lawyer Mary Neil and Black Youth Project activist Luvvie Ajayi.

By Evie Lacroix, Johnny Thrower, Calvin Mennyweathers and Amanda Lopez-Martinez

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