Friday 23 March 2018

Civil rights leaders plan Trayvon justice vigils for 100 US cities

Trayvon Martin: killed by neighbourhood watchman
Trayvon Martin: killed by neighbourhood watchman

Curt Anderson Miami

Civil rights leaders are planning vigils and rallies in 100 US cities this weekend to press the federal government to bring charges against the former neighbourhood watch volunteer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

George Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, but a jury found him not guilty of that charge, as well as the lesser charge of manslaughter.

"People all across the country will gather to show that we are not having a two- or three-day anger fit.

"This is a social movement for justice," Rev Al Sharpton said, as he announced the plan outside the Justice Department in Washington DC.

The rallies and vigils will occur in front of federal court buildings at noon on Saturday in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.

Rev Sharpton said vigils would be followed by a conference next week in Miami to develop a plan to address Florida's controversial 'stand-your-ground' law.

The law gives people wide latitude to use deadly force if they fear death or bodily harm.

Irish Independent

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