Peaceful Protests Against George Zimmerman Verdict Held In Columbus


Protests and vigils are being held around the country, including Columbus, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman.   A jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Organizers of "Hoodiesup for Trayvon Martin" gathered in front of the Franklin County Courthouse to express their disappointment.

They chanted "boycott Florida," held signs reading 'end white supremecy' and raised their fists in the air in a show of solidarity.

This march coincided with another peaceful gathering at Franklin Park.

"I was actually very upset with the verdict considering all the facts that came out and as an african american male how the judicial system comes down hard on blacks and stuff it was injustice," said Marc Thomas.

Thomas organized the 'Travyon Martin injustice run' and asked the group to wear all black for a three mile run to show their outrage over the verdict. But participants were very quick to say regardless of the jury's decision violence is not the answer.  

In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched into Times Square on Sunday night, chanting "Justice for! Trayvon Martin!"

In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched from LOVE Park to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Martin's name and "No justice, no peace."  

More than 200 people gathered for a vigil in Miami. One poster read: "Don't worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans."   About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago, saying the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States.  

In San Francisco and Los Angeles, where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds, police closed streets.