POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:34am
UPDATED: Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:34am
Across the country, protesters are getting ready for what they're calling "National justice for Trayvon day." They want the justice department to bring a federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman, the man acquitted a week ago today of murdering Trayvon Martin. Meanwhile in Florida, protesters are demanding a change in state gun laws. Nick Valencia has the story.
"I believe that we will win!"
While Trayvon Martin supporters protest Florida's gun laws at the governor's office Friday, other supporters are planning a day of rallies.
"Not only just here, but around the country, and express their anger about this verdict."
Calling it "Justice for Trayvon" day, rallies and vigils are being planned in about 100 cities. Often seen side by side, organizers say the father of Trayvon Martin, will be at a rally in Miami, and his mother will be at one in New York.
"My son was unarmed and the person that shot and killed him got away with murder."
Many of the demonstrations are scheduled to take place outside federal courthouses, like one in Atlanta. Their message: to demand that George Zimmerman be charged by federal prosecutors.
"We believe that Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated."
While some protests last weekend turned violent, civil rights leaders are calling for calm as is the president.
"If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family."
Siding with Martin's family, protesters at the Florida governor's office are demanding a repeal of the stand your ground law that permits deadly force in self defense with no duty to retreat.
after occupying the governor's office for several days, Rick Scott met with the group.
The governor told the protesters he too mourns the death of Trayvon Martin, but he supports the law, and won't push to change it.
"I'm not going to call a special session."
Refusing to take no for an answer, protesters vow to keep up the pressure on lawmakers.
So far, the justice department has pledged a full investigation. Protesters will be pushing for something more concrete today. As for the protesters outside the Florida governor's office, they're still there, and there's no word yet on whether security will clear them out.