Dueling protests over the George Zimmerman verdict come to a head in Houston's wealthy River Oaks neighborhood.
Many asked why River Oaks?
Carrying signs and chanting "Trayvon Martin," "Know Peace, Know Justice," supporters included some Occupy members who told KTRH News the Florida case wasn't just about black and white.
"Racism is the core of what happened, but class adds to it, and its part of what lets you get away with these things," one man said.
At least one River Oaks resident disagreed.
PHOTO GALLERY OF RIVER OAKS PROTEST
"They have their rights, and they obviously are not going to accept the system we have," said a woman who lives on Inwood Drive. "But to come on our street? There are so many hardworking people on our street, they don't understand that. They think this is a targeted area."
However, many River Oaks residents and shoppers stood by taking pictures of the marching protesters, smiling and laughing at the commotion.
Meanwhile, dozens of George Zimmerman and "Stand Your Ground" supporters shouted back from across the corner at W. Gray and Shepherd, the entryway to River Oaks' shopping district.
"We're against the Black Panthers coming into this neighborhood and bringing their racist crap," said one man. "They're trying to use this to give away our Second Amendment; we're here to stand for our gun laws."
One River Oaks resident told KTRH News he was glad to see the counter-protesters.
"This is just a bunch of folks coming out to show their beliefs, freedom of speech and freedom of liberty, and to call the race baiters out and tell them they're not welcome to come around here and mess up everyone's lives and ruin a comfy place just because you want to cause a ruckus," he said.
Mounted police kept tempers in check, aside from a few scuffles when protesters blocked traffic.