Demonstrators "March for Justice" in Trayvon Martin case

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds gathered in Little Rock Saturday for the Trayvon Martin Peaceful March for Justice.

    "It's about people in general, and I want the record to be clear today that we would do the same thing if it were a white man's (or) a white lady's son or daughter," said Reverend Tyrone Broomfield, an organizer of the event.

    The march started at the Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, crossed the Broadway Bridge and ended at the Federal Courthouse in Little Rock.

    "The lessons we're going to take from the trial is, number one, always be in a position where we have a witness.  The other thing... we're not going to get caught in this same trap anymore," said Broomfield.

    Organizers stressed the importance of peace at a time when emotions run high.

    "There's never been anything proven, at least to my knowledge, by violence.  The reason we're playing in peace is because we serve a God of peace," said Broomfield.

    "If it's happening on one side of town it's just a matter of time before it happens on your side of town," he said.

    Arkansans of all races and ages joined the march.

    "After the injustice in the Trayvon Martin case we realized that something had to be done, and this is our way of showing our support, our way of showing solidarity with what's going on," said Colby Sansom, a marcher.

    "This is a human issue that we're all faced with. We can't look at this and say that this is something that only affects the black community. This is something that affects all of us," Sansom said.

    Young Arkansans shared their views at the march, as well.

    "When I get older I don't want to have to go through this kind of stuff," said Cameron Jones, a boy who was at the demonstration.

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