Zimmerman outrage grows

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 2:53pm

Protests and outrage continue after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer had been accused of wrongly killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin in a highly charged case that inflamed impassioned debate over race relations.

Melisa Raney has revelations from a jury member who set him free and more on the impact the case is having all over the country.

Anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is playing out in protests across the nation.

While civil rights leaders and Trayvon Martin's family have asked for peaceful demonstrations, not everyone has heeded that call.

More than a dozen people were arrested in Los Angeles Monday after police say they jumped on cars, broke windows and set off fireworks.

One of the jurors who acquitted Zimmerman spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday night, giving insight into the jury's difficult decision.

"There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something. And after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law and reading it over and over and over again. We decided there's just no other place to go because of the heat of the moment and the stand your ground. He had a right to defend himself."

Meanwhile, Reverend Al Sharpton announced Tuesday that his organization, The National Action Network, is putting together peaceful rallies in 100 cities this Saturday to protest the verdict and push federal authorities to check for civil rights violations.

"I am putting pressure on the legal authorities at the Justice Department and the legislative authorities in Florida. I think the president has made a statement of consolation. We don't need consolation. We need legislation and we need some federal prosecution. And I think that it is belittling to ask the black community to ask for a speech rather than to ask for justice."

Attorney General Eric Holder has pledged a full investigation of the case, but has not yet said if Zimmerman could face federal charges.

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