JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in New Jersey as part of nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.
The outdoor protests staged Saturday outside federal courthouses in Newark and Jersey City came one week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Ignoring the sweltering heat and humidity, the marchers heard from state and local lawmakers who joined with civic leaders in calling for “justice to be served” in the case.
Officials say both events were peaceful and went off without any problems.
The “Justice for Trayvon” rallies were part of a series of nationwide events organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.