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NJ rally against Zimmerman verdict draws hundreds

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Newark to peacefully protest the acquittal in George Zimmerman’s murder trial.

Organizers say the outdoor protest Sunday drew a diverse crowd unhappy with a Florida jury’s decision to clear the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Ignoring the sweltering heat and humidity, the marchers chanted “no justice, no peace” and Martin’s name as they made their way toward the federal courthouse.

There was a large police presence at the scene and a stretch of nearby roadway was briefly closed for the event. But officials say there were no reported problems.