Members of the Stamford and Norwalk NAACP branches joined local residents at the corner of Richmond Hill and Rose Park Avenue in Stamford for an anti-violence rally in response to the George Zimmerman verdict.
"Because we have challenges with youth being killed in our own neighborhood, we want you to realize you should still be upset at what happened for George Zimmerman," said Darnell Crosland, President of the Norwalk NAACP.
"I think people at this point are really kind of fed up and they want to see something happen," said Norwalk resident Krysten White. "So just really standing in solidarity with them, and coming together with the community to really take a stand and show that we're really not going to take this anymore."
NAACP members and local officials say it's time to join together with policy makers stop the violence within the communities of Stamford and Norwalk.
"We will likely experience violence unless policy makers take action," said Jack Bryant, President of the Stamford NAACP.
"You can't buy ammunition in this state without a permit anymore," said Stamford Democratic mayoral candidate William Tong. "We're taking steps, but we have to continue to fight for our communities to keep them safe."
"Stamford needs to take off the blinders, we are killing each other. Every time somebody has gotten shot on this street, you know I live on the south end it's becoming predominant on the south end."
Members thanked police and community leaders, stating they've been a constant support system for public safety.
"While we have a lot of murders taking place in our own communities, right here in Richmond hill, Woodward Avenue in Norwalk," said Crosland. "And also I did see the Norwalk Police car here and I did reach out to the chief in an effort to show some solidarity between Norwalk and Stamford today."
"We just passed a bill this year to limit magazines to just 10 bullets per magazine," said Tong. "We enhanced the registration process and the tracking of gun ownership in this city, just to protect public safety."