Demonstrations draw thousands in both large and small U.S. cities
By BVN Staff
The weekend rallies and protests demanding “Justice for Trayvon” attracted thousands of supporters and spectators from all corners of the U.S. to remember Trayvon Martin and denounce the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The demonstrations were part of a 100-city protest organized by Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and held at federal buildings. There were rallies and vigils at both major and small metropolitan cities, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. In California, protestors turned out in large crowds over the weekend, including major cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach, and Riverside.
On Friday, President Obama made his first public comments on the Martin case since a verdict was reached on July 13, and issued his views on justice as it relates to the African-American communities, which stoked a national conversation about race and justice.
Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was killed in Sanford, Fla., has been the center of a loud national debate over racial equality since the acquittal of Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Martin. Zimmerman, who plead not guilty, was acquitted of second-degree murder charges by a six-member jury.
Civil rights advocates have said they will continue seek federal civil rights charges be brought against Zimmerman by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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