Faith, community leaders plan Trayvon Martin rally

10:14 AM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against a Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Faith and community leaders are planning to peacefully rally at Denver City Park Sunday afternoon.

The Denver group says it's shocked and disappointed by Zimmerman's acquittal and will be standing in support of Trayvon Martin and his family.

Protests are planned around the country Sunday, a day after a jury found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty.
After the verdict, some angry protesters in Oakland, Calif., broke windows, burned flags and started small street fires. In Florida, about 200 demonstrators marched in Tallahassee carrying signs that said "Racism is Not Dead" and "Who's Next?"

In August 2012, defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, had been living like hermits and weren't working because they feared for their safety.

After Saturday's verdict, police, officials and civil rights leaders urged peace and told protesters not to resort to violence. While defense attorneys said they were thrilled with the outcome, O'Mara suggested Zimmerman's safety would be an ongoing concern.

"There still is a fringe element that wants revenge," O'Mara said. "They won't listen to a verdict of not guilty."

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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