Hundreds march in Atlanta to protest Zimmerman verdict

Hundreds march in Atlanta to protest Zimmerman verdict

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Demonstrators outraged at the George Zimmerman trial verdict marched in the streets of Atlanta on Monday night.

A six-woman jury found Zimmerman not guilty Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The "I am Trayvon Martin" rally and march drew a large crowd of protesters to the Sankofa United Church of Christ on the Clark Atlanta campus.

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Columbus Lumpkin brought his 17-year-old daughter, Yasmine, to the rally from Norcross.

"It could have been my daughter. She's 17 years old and I think my daughter could have been in the same situation and I could have been like his parents," said Columbus Lumpkin.

They were among the hundreds of people with a message for Washington about pursuing a civil rights violation against George Zimmerman.

 "I believe that George Zimmerman should be brought up on civil rights charges. I still believe he should have been up at the very least on manslaughter charges, but the jury had their voice," said Richard Horton.

Organizers of the march however say they're not holding out hope Washington will take further legal action.

"We're not sure if it'll meet the standard, and so we're not going to wait. We hope to put some political pressure, but we just don't know. What we're fighting for today, make no mistake about it. are the Trayvon Martins that are still here," said Deacon Doug Evans, an organizer of the event.

Many at the rally said that the Martin case highlights inequalities in the system against young black men, which is why the motorcycle club Kingz of the South and others pledged to mentor young people who could fall through the cracks.

 "Just do more do more for the community to stop these kids from dying out here in these streets," said Toby Lewis of Kingz of the South.

Another rally is set for Saturday at the federal courthouse in downtown Atlanta.

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