NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk's Tara Gist is happy, but "it wasn't really a shocker." Daisy Franklin remains frustrated. Blacks have "come so far," she said, but sometimes "justice is not served."
Franklin was among the protesters in Saturday's March for Justice in South Norwalk. Gist was not. But both agreed it's good that George Zimmerman has been charged in the death of Trayvon Martin more than six weeks ago in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree homicide in the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old, although he was initially released by the Sanford Police Department, according to news reports. Zimmerman was charged by a special prosecutor appointed after media reports stirred national outrage and racial tensions.
"It is not a time to celebrate, but we're just really glad justice is being done," Franklin said. "But this shouldn't have to happen. Why do we have to go through all these marches to see justice done? This person has to come before a judge and be judged for murder. It just seems to me we've come so far and yet not."
Gist agreed about the arrest of Zimmerman. "He blatantly killed him for no reason," she said.
Sade Davis, an 18-year-old walking on South Main Street on Thursday, said she was glad Zimmerman had been arrested but said the case hadn't been on her mind. "It didn't upset me, but it was like, 'All right, that was stupid,'" she said. "Like, 'Why did he do that?' He needs to go to jail for that."
One commenter on The Daily Norwalk's story about the March for Justice expressed some satisfaction. "Even in states with a 'stand your ground' law, it is not OK to kill people," wrote John Frank, a retired Norwalk police captain. "Trayvon Martin was the one standing his ground. ... The assault/self-defense story was made up, after the shot was fired, in an effort to avoid arrest. Now there has been an arrest for 2nd degree murder and we will see what happens."