At Arkansas Vigil, Calls For Racial Justice

Jul 16, 2013

A vigil on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol Monday evening.
Credit Brian Chilson/ The Arkansas Times

A vigil at the steps of the Arkansas Capitol to mark the Trayvon Martin verdict changed focus after Little Rock police fatally shot a fleeing suspect.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," punctuated remarks by several speakers who called for an end to racial profiling and violence in the black community.

Little Rock resident Will McClinton said George Zimmerman's acquittal in Martin's killing is equal to "a green light" to kill black males.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock told a crowd of several hundred people that they weren't going to leave with a solution to the problem. But she implored individuals to "look in the mirror" when they want to find answers to community problems.

Police on Monday fatally shot 26-year-old Deon Williams after a foot chase.