Group disagreeing with Zimmerman verdict gathers

By WEEK Producer

July 14, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some who disagree with the Zimmerman verdict met at Martin Luther King Park in Peoria Sunday to discuss how the community can prevent injustice.

After a following on "Occupy the Hood's" Facebook page, about two dozen south side residents talked about the effects of institutionalized racism.
 
Dominque Toombs organized the peaceful protest to show disapproval of the Zimmerman verdict.
Toombs said about 30 young men, mostly African American, met earlier in the day and were quickly dispersed by local police.
 
"We basically just chillin' in the park, you know?" said Toombs. "What we talk about is up to us, you know. We could be talking about a game or anything, we could be having a family gathering out here. We shouldn't have to call the police just to be able to meet up or hang out."
 
A prayer was read in memory of Trayvon Martin before attendees observed a moment of silence.
 
The group plans to assemble each month to further discuss how to combat injustice in the community.

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