Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Small group protests Zimmerman verdict outside Tampa courthouse

TAMPA — A small gathering of onlookers and Trayvon Martin supporters gathered Monday morning at the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa to protest the not guilty verdict in the murder case against George Zimmerman.

Ali Muhammed, chairman of the New Black Panther Party in Tampa, donned a beret and shouted into a megaphone about what he said was an unjust decision that reopened old racial wounds.

"Too many people are walking around like this is normal," Muhammed told the crowd. "This is not normal. … I don't see how George Zimmerman isn't guilty. He's guilty of taking the law into his own hands. He not only took the law into his hands — he killed a defenseless child."

About a dozen people had convened to watch Muhammed's protest by mid morning. He said he expected more to arrive later in the day.

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