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Baltimore Councilman asks: Amid Zimmerman furor, what about local crime?

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Amid the local furor over the George Zimmerman acquittal - a protest outside Baltimore City Hall drew hundreds - one city councilman wonders if city residents are overlooking home-grown crime. 

Away from the rally City Councilman Brandon Scott brought up Darryl Anderson, a fugitive that police have called "public enemy No. 1" and who is being sought in connection with two murders - a Baltimore County case, and a recent triple shooting in Northeast Baltimore that killed a young woman. 

"I told them they should be just as mad about Darryl Anderson,” Scott told the City Paper, referring to the protesters.

While acknowledging that the Trayvon Martin case was a travesty of justice, Scott told the paper that if he had seen more of the Trayvon protesters participating in the candlelight vigils that accompanied the city's other murders, he would have more respect for their position.

Scott had tweeted as much. On Monday evening, he wrote: "Bmore while we should be angry about Zimmerman, our outrage should be the same for Mr. Anderson's shootings. Too many of our families are victimized twice by the violent act and the silence of the community in bringing justice. We must be better! We have to show the same vigilance in bringing those who murder men, women and kids in our city 2 justice no matter the suspect's skin color."

Anderson remains at large, a year after county authorities say he committed a murder outside of a Parkville bar. 

After a burst of violence at the end of June, city residents became uncharacteristically activated, the Sun reported, with 600 men marching along North Avenue and several peace rallies and prayer walks. Scott was integrally involved in the North Avenue march and has called for sustained activisim against city violence.

The organizer of Monday's City Hall protest, however, said that he saw the Zimmerman rally as an opportunity to open up a broader dialogue about the city's problems, The Sun's Carrie Wells reported. Rev. Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon, head of the Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter and one of the organizers of the Trayvon Martin protests, said community leaders are using the rallies as a jumping off point to brainstorm solutions to violence as well as poverty, lack of economic opportunities and other problems in Baltimore. 

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