After George Zimmerman arrest, a shift in focus for Trayvon Martin supporters in PBC

New, broader focus on ending violence

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Huge rallies nationwide demanded an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting, including one thousand people who gathered Sunday in Riviera Beach.  One of motivating factors of the marches here and across the country,  was the arrest of George Zimmerman.  Now that that has happened, the question for many is 'where will this movement move next?'

From the streets of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to the civic leaders in our state, the Trayvon Martin case remains on the minds of so many. 

"We have to have justice for Trayvon's family," said Gov. Rick Scott, who was in West Palm Beach Monday.   "We have to have due process for George Zimmerman. And, that's what we're going to do," the Governor told a crowd at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

After weeks of marches,  and weeks of investigation, Zimmerman was charged with 17 year old Trayvon's murder, last week.  The Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County has gathered community leaders, lawyers and law enforcement to help formulate the local Trayvon movement's next move. 

"Trayvon's life wasn't in vain," said Chief Clarence Williams of the Riviera Beach Police Department.  "Trayvon's life was ordained by God and the effects of his death have been ordained by God," he said.

Many at a Urban League of Palm Beach County panel discussion Monday, were calling for the analysis, and possible repeal, of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law.  Some panelists also called for the supporting of political candidates that favor tougher gun laws.

Their discussion, and their future actions, are in an effort to slow violence in the black community and beyond.  "The people that need to open dialog aren't here. We need to get those people involved and we need to hear their perspective," said Richard Ryles, a Palm Beach County attorney.  Ryles was one of the eight panelists involved in the discussion.

Those involved said their work is just beginning.  The Trayvon marches will continue, they said, now with a much broader scope.  The evolved message is one calling for a stop to violence on local streets.

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