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BR joins in 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies nationwide

3 years 4 months 1 week ago July 20, 2013 Jul 20, 2013 Saturday, July 20 2013 July 20, 2013 8:45 PM in News
By: AE Stevenson/Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Hundreds gathered in Baton Rouge to express their opinions about the 'not guilty' verdict of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Baton Rouge activist Silky Slim said, "Well you ask for a federal investigation and pray that it happens."

Outside of the federal courthouse a group of activists and concerned citizens were among the thousands of people across the country who gathered to show support for the family they feel did not get justice in the criminal trial.

"The dispatcher tells him not to follow him and he follows anyhow. Hey, I'm sorry George Zimmerman started the confrontation," says Daniel L.

Zimmerman is under investigation federally for possible civil rights violations. Those gathered want charges brought against the former neighborhood watch leader.

The Florida case has become a flash point in debates over guns, race relations and self-defense laws. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic. Martin was black.

"Let a black male kill a 17-year-old boy in cold blood around 7 o'clock in the evening and be acquitted. That's unheard of," says John Gaines Jr.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the "Justice for Trayvon" rallies outside federal buildings in 100-plus cities: from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita, and Birmingham. Sharpton wants the Justice Department to pursue federal charges.

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