A crowd estimated at 1,000 or more people converged on downtown Minneapolis Monday evening to speak out against racial injustice in memory of Trayvon Martin.
One of the organizers of the rally told KARE-11 George Zimmerman's acquittal of criminal charges related to Martin's death is a step backwards in American race relations.
Speakers at the rally in front of the Hennepin County Government Center made connections between Martin's case and the fatal shooting by Minneapolis police of a young African-American man who broke into a home in the Uptown neighborhood in May. Since that shooting activists and family members of Terrance Franklin have called for more answers from police, who are still investigating the incident.
Fox 9 reports that in advance of Monday's rally Police Chief Janeé Harteau acknowledged that emotions are running high and urged the community to be "vocal, not violent."
The Minneapolis rally is among many held around the country since Zimmerman's acquittal. Scattered violence has been reported in some locations, including the San Francisco Bay area.
Several dozen held a peaceful protest in Duluth, Northland's Newscenter reported.