People have rallied in dozens of U.S. cities, urging authorities to press federal civil rights charges against a former neighborhood watch leader in Florida who was found not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies and vigils on Saturday in at least 101 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Wichita, where a group demonstrated one block away from the Wichita State University campus.
One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Martin in a gated central Florida community, people gathered nationwide on Saturday.
The Florida case has become a flashpoint in national debates over self-defense, guns, and race relations.
Zimmerman, who successfully claimed that he was protecting himself when he shot Martin, identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin was black.