BOSTON (CBS/AP) — One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.
The Florida case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging 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.
Dozens of protesters participated in a demonstration Saturday in downtown Boston, with many of the activists saying Martin’s killing represents ongoing injustices in America against minorities and the poor. “The poverty, the prejudice; unfortunately, it’s still here,” one protester told WBZ-TV.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports