Crowds Gather for Vick Court Appearance

By: Philip Stewart Email
By: Philip Stewart Email
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July 26, 2007

Demonstrators gathered around the Federal District Courthouse in downtown Richmond Thursday as Michael Vick made an appearance in court. Some were supporting the football star, but most were there to protest against him.

But despite their differing opinions they did have one thing in common, they wanted their voices heard.

NFL star Michael Vick arrived at the court house in Richmond Thursday. Around 3 o'clock, Vick was greeted along Main Street in a very different way than he's usually greeted when he walks on to the football field.

"He saw us, he heard us, he turned he looked, several times," said Betsy Coffield, who was protesting the Falcons quarterback. "He knows our presence, so he knows how we feel, and that's the important thing."

The sidewalk right across the street from the main entrance was filled with demonstrators, many carrying signs and chanting.

But among all the protesters there were supporters as well. They came with their own signs and very different opinions.

"I hope that they don't convict him in the media," said Lori Jordan, who also said she wasn't exactly sure how she felt about the whole case. "Let the judicial system do their work."

"We don't see the protesters out here everyday the millions that die in Darfur," said Michael Street, who said he came to support Vick "We don't see them protesting on homelessness, we don't see them protesting on the gas prices, but we see them protesting because he's accused of dog fighting. We need to prioritize in America on what we're going to protest about."

But for so many in the crowd, protesting Thursday was a priority for them. They hope they made their voices heard.

"Animals deserve to live as nicely as human beings," said Coffield. "In this case, justice needs to be served."

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