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July 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Crowd in downtown Seattle protests verdict in Trayvon Martin case

Protesters gather at Seattle’s Westlake Park on Sunday in reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. (Photo by Susan Kelleher / The Seattle Times)

From Staff Reporter Susan Kelleher:

Update: 8:10 p.m.| The crowd has headed back to Westlake Park, where maybe 75 protesters remain.

Update: 7:15 p.m.| A few hundred protesters — many more than when the event began about 6 p.m. — have taken to the street, walking toward the federal courthouse a few blocks away at 700 Stewart St., organizers say.

“We are all Travyvon,” many in the crowd chanted, according to reporter Brian M. Rosenthal. Chants of “no justice, no peace” were also heard.

Original post: A protest against the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial is getting under way at Seattle’s Westlake Park.

Among the scores of protesters is Amontaine Woods, who lives in Pioneer Square. She said she came for solace and to hear an intelligent discussion on where to go from here.

“I feel powerless right now, and want to be in a situation where people are talking about ideas,” said Woods, who is African American.

6-year-old Abdul holds a sign at the rally at Westlake Park. (Photo by Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

6-year-old Abdul holds a sign at the rally at Westlake Park. (Photo by Brian M. Rosenthal / The Seattle Times)

Woods said she was “shocked” by the verdict, which found Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year.

“I wanted to believe that maybe things had changed,” she said. “We have a black president, and we supposedly have a post-racial society. But I don’t think it’s any different.”

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