Rally in City Heights in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in death of Trayvon Martin
Event also draws attention to Victor Ortega case
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SAN DIEGO - A rally was held in City Heights on Sunday evening in response to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The event started at 5:30 p.m. at Highland Park in City Heights, which is located on Fairmount Avenue between Wightman and Landis streets. Organizers expect about 1,000 to show up for the rally.
As of about 6 p.m., nearly 500 people were at the rally. They are united in their belief that the verdict in the Zimmerman trial was unjust.
A number of signs at the rally contended that the justice system in the United States is unfair, even racist. Several other signs had the word "America" spelled with three K's instead of the letter C.
People 10News spoke with said the Zimmerman verdict was wrong. They say how the trial was conducted was unfair.
"I feel as though George Zimmerman should have to, you know, prove to us that he killed him because it was justified, " said Jacque Saunders. "I feel as though it was backwards and you know I can't fault his lawyers ... I feel as though the prosecutor made a lot of mistakes."
Andrea Davis told 10News, "I'm just glad that they stereotyped us to have riots and all that stuff ... I'm just proud and just grateful that everybody all walked, came together and are rallying in peace."
Before the rally began, social activist Cecile Estell told 10News that she is outraged but not disappointed by the Zimmerman verdict.
"I think that this is just another example of the total injustice when it comes to racialized crime in this country," she said.
Estell is one of the organizers of Sunday's rally. She says it is important for people to stand up for what they believe is right.
"Injustices in the community should matter to everyone and I think history has shown that when people come together to fight injustices that progress is made in this country," said Estell.
She says the kind of injustice she is talking about is not limited to southern Florida.
Sunday's rally will also call attention to the case of Victor Ortega. He was shot and killed last June by a San Diego police officer. Police say they were called because Ortega was beating his wife.
They say the officer had no choice but to shoot him because they say Ortega was reaching for the officer's gun.
Estell sees it differently.
"Victor Ortega was murdered on June 4, 2012 and our District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has not only refused to press charges against the Officer John McCarthy who murdered this unarmed … Latino man who was a father, no gang history, no criminal history whatsoever," she said.
Following the rally, a candlelight vigil will be held at the fountain in Balboa Park at 7:30 p.m.
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