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Emotions run high as locals wait for a Zimmerman verdict

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Photos from hoodie march in 2012 Photos from hoodie march in 2012
Photos from hoodie march in 2012 Photos from hoodie march in 2012
Photos from hoodie march in 2012 Photos from hoodie march in 2012

In Columbus emotions are high as local folks wait to hear a verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Even though people have different opinions, they all want the public to remain calm.

The trial has ignited a racially charged debate in America, with some comparing it to other crimes throughout history, but some people say there's a deeper issue at hand.

While many African-Americans are speaking out for "Justice for Trayvon," some are taking a different look at the facts presented in the trial.

Georgia Carry member Jason Stubbs thinks Zimmerman had a right to use his weapon, saying, "Based on the evidence, from what's being put out there, he said that he was being attacked. His head was being bashed against the concrete and he felt he had to use his firearm."

Stubbs regularly carries a concealed firearm. He says it's unfortunate that the only other eyewitness is now dead.

Marquese Averett has a different opinion. "Who wouldn't have beaten up Zimmerman?" he asks. "That's your natural instinct, somebody grabs you that you don't know who they are? There's nothing that they can argue about Trayvon that makes their side any better."

Averett joined elected officials and hundreds of Martin supporters in a peaceful hoodie march last year. Now talks of possible outbreaks of violence if Zimmerman is found not guilty has people on edge.

Stubbs says, "It is considered controversial, but you don't hear white people saying they're going to riot if George Zimmerman is guilty, so one side can't claim being wronged and take it out on people and throw a tantrum."

Georgia NAACP member Edward Dubose says, "My emotions are high, and I still say let's remain calm, but we still have to confront this system that continues to put one group above another."

Averett says people should be angry about more than the death of Trayvon Martin. "When someone white kills someone black, we want to have demonstrations and get the NAACP and we want to have sit-ins, and we want to do all of this," he says, "but when someone in our very own community shoots somebody for no reason at all, nobody says nothing."

Sheriff John Darr believes nobody in Columbus will take to riots in the streets. Officers are prepared to take action in the off chance that he's wrong.

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