Trayvon Martin rally draws 100 in Minneapolis - KMSP-TV

Trayvon Martin rally draws 100 in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Peaceful demonstrators in Minneapolis remained part of the nationwide crusade to bring awareness to George Zimmerman's acquittal.

On Saturday, about 100 protesters showed to support 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer that a Florida jury determined last week was acting in self defense when he shot and killed Martin in February 2012. The demonstration marked the second of its kind in Minneapolis in two weeks.


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Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, is vowing to put an end to racial profiling.

"Of course we're shocked and disappointed, but that just means that we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight," Fulton said.

Vigils across the country have followed Fulton's message, and in Minneapolis, a crowd rallied at the federal courthouse on Saturday where a pastor spoke about his wishes for the case to help change attitudes about racial relations throughout the country.

"If we continue to allow things to go the way they are and if we continue to interact with each other the way we continue to do it, then his death is in vain," he said.

Organizers want Zimmerman to face federal civil rights charges and are calling for changes in the nation's self defense laws generally known as "Stand Your Ground" laws.

While many states uphold some form of "Stand Your Ground" law, the state of Florida specifically gives individuals the right to use reasonable (including deadly) force to defend themselves without any requirement to retreat from a dangerous situation.

Several states have also incorporated the Castle doctrine into standing state laws, which means the person experiencing a perceivable threat has no duty to retreat from danger when their home is attacked, and Florida goes a step further and removed the duty to retreat from other locations outside the home where the person has a legal right to exist. 

However, it is widely recognized by lawmakers across the country that those laws that are prominent throughout the south simply aren't going to change any time soon.

In a rare public address on Friday, President Obama asked the nation to do some soul-searching following Zimmerman's acquittal.


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"When you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away," Obama said in the surprise appearance at the White House press room.

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store," he said. "That includes me."

 

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