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Protesters gather in Phoenix following Zimmerman verdict

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PHOENIX -

Speaker after speaker addressed the crowd at the federal courthouse. They weren't just calling the verdict unjust, they were also calling the justice system broken and demanding change.

Protesters wore hoodies, children held homemade signs and others showed Trayvon Martin's face on their T-shirts.

It was all done to voice support for Martin's family and against the verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty.

"I can be honest that what happened really raised my level of paranoia being a young black man in America," said Lamark Bell.

Under the American flag at the Phoenix Federal Courthouse, demonstrators called for the Department of Justice to bring a case against Zimmerman for racial profiling.

"Hopefully the DOJ is the direction we need to move in and we'll see some answers for Trayvon and his family and the wider community," said Rev. Jarrett Maupin.

Taj Loo, a former federal prosecutor, brought her sons to the rally.

"For many years I was an active part of that justice system and now I'm a stay at home mom for my boys. It's so important to trust that the laws apply to all of us equally, to buy into the system, it makes us all doubt," said Loo.

Others watching the trial believe justice was served.

"It's easy to just read a headline and react to it right off the bat without looking at the facts or at  What really happened. So it's understandable that people are upset and angry about it, but its a little bit overblown," said Clint Roberts.

Still, the hundreds rallying in Phoenix and across the country are hoping something changes.

"I want change so later I will be able to walk home from a movie or whatever and not be shot," said Justin Loo.

The Department of Justice said in statement Sunday they will investigate George Zimmerman for civil rights violations.

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