Not too long ago, the town of Sanford, Florida was a hotbed of riotous activity. It became known the world over as the place where unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 by George Zimmerman, a White neighborhood watch leader.
Justice was not served when the gunman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and the lesser charge of manslaughter. Now, in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson and the family of Michael Brown, Jr., the people of Sanford once again took to the streets in peaceful protest, this time in response to the grand jury ‘s decision to not indict White police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Brown, according to My Fox Orlando.
Reportedly some of Sanford’s residents opted to pray instead of angrily venting their frustrations upon learning of the Wilson decision. Some twenty-five people gathered in front of the town courthouse to reflect and pray about the climate of the country with regards to the impact of the Wilson decision.
Pastor Tyler Anderson, of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church stood with the crowd and encouraged prayer as a means to self-soothe. One of the town’s prominent figures, Sylvester Franklin of the Bo-Key Riders Motorcycle Club, also participated in the peace rally. “That’s one of the towns that supported us when we had the Trayvon Martin incident down here, so we want to show that we appreciated them and we here to back them up,” Franklin told My Fox Orlando.
According to Franklin, it was only two years ago that Martin was brutally murdered and the wound is still very fresh for many of the town’s residents, telling My Fox Orlando, “I try not to dwell on it, but I hope we can learn from it, because we did here in Sanford and good things in the community and be better.”
Meanwhile, Seminole County deputies and Sanford officers kept close tabs on the town’s goings-on and there were reportedly no signs of any violent disturbances.