Protesters peaceful at Minneapolis rally for Trayvon Martin; Monday event planned


A crowd of more than 100 people gathered in peaceful protest in south Minneapolis on Sunday in the wake of the jury verdict in Florida that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Many in the crowd at Shir Tikvah Synagogue offered their reflections on race and called for peace and justice, singing "We Shall Overcome," KARE 11 reported. Some called for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman after the Saturday-night acquittal in the widely watched case that sparked national debates about racial profiling, KARE 11 reported.

"I think it's important for people to understand, along racial lines, there is a difference of opinion whether our justice system is fair to all people – especially those who feel oppressed and are from different racial and ethnic backgrounds," Nekima Levi-Pounds told FOX 9. She is a law professor at the University of St. Thomas and the mother of a son named Trayvon.

Another Minneapolis rally is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Hennepin County Government Plaza. Here's the Facebook page for the event. WCCO reported that event organizer Mel Reeves said protesters will call for three actions: Civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman, prosecution of the police officers who killed Terrance Franklin and decriminalization of youths of color.

Protests were held around the nation Sunday in support of Martin's family. Most were peaceful, although a rally in Los Angeles was tense, CNN reported.

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