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"Hoodies Up" protest for Martin, Davis in Atlanta

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They had their hoodies up, fists up, and were standing up against the deaths of black youth. Protesters gathered in at the Five Points Marta Station in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network organized the event.

With signs held high, standing shoulder to shoulder, many of them chanted in unison, "Trayvon did not have to die. We all know the reason why. The whole system is guilty!"

People young and old gathered in support of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. Both teens were unarmed when they were shot and killed in Florida.

Aric Jones was walking by when he stumbled upon the protesters.

"What made me stop is the travesty that occurs in America that young brothers like myself are dying consistently," Jones said. "And, the court doesn't work for us."

Wednesday marked two years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, FL, by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the case. The verdict caused outrage across the country.

On Feb. 15, a Jacksonville, FL,  jury was deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge for Michael Dunn in the death of Marietta teen,  Davis, resulting in a mistrial. However, the jury did find Dunn guilty in four of the five charges, including attempted murder for the friends who were in the vehicle with Davis during the shooting, which was dubbed the Loud Music Killing Case.

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