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Laurel continues to rally against ‘stand your ground’ laws


Hundreds of cities nation-wide rallied July 20 and are still continuing to do so in order to pressure the justice department to move forward with a civil rights trial against George Zimmerman. Laurel was one of the cities that rallied last week and also this week against the so-called 'stand your ground' laws.

“By applying that law, they freed a guilty man of murder,” said advocate, Anthony Hudson.

Dozens of residents gathered early Saturday morning at the Laurel police station and marched to the Jones County Courthouse.

“We feel that here in Laurel and Jones County that what happened in Florida can affect also,” said assistant organizer, Thaddeus Edmonson.

Along with adults, children also took part in the rally.

“I think it’s not fair because he just walked on the street and a man shot him for no reason,” said Corey Cooley.

Although it’s been exactly two weeks since George Zimmerman was found not guilty, many Laurel residents say they will continue to rally.

“We're going to try to march every two weeks until we hear from United States Justice Department,” said Hudson.

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