On Sunday, thousands of protesters marched in some big cities across America to protest the discharge of George Zimmerman and demand justice for the victim, Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was accused of killing black teen Martin, who was unarmed at the time of his death.
The jury panel consisting of six women found Zimmerman not guilty of any charge. However, civil rights leaders refused to accept the decision and demonstrated on the streets of San Francisco, Boston, New York, and other cities.
Barack Obama, the President of the U.S., asked public to stay calm and to show peaceful reaction to the case over which the public of the U.S. has been polarized for the last 16 months.
However, the protesters did not resort to any violent means. They showed peaceful demonstrations though the Los Angeles marchers blocked an important highway and those in New York became disorderly at times.
Zimmerman, 29, shot and killed Martin after suspecting him to be a criminal. Defense lawyers argued that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin, 17, and the former shot in self-defense. Zimmerman followed Martin with a loaded pistol after reporting to police about a suspicious looking person. According to his account, Martin first attacked him, injured his nose and head, and then, he shot the teen during the scuffle.
According to the report of the ‘Los Angeles Times’, the protesters blocked traffic in Los Angeles for nearly 25 minutes. As a result, police was compelled to issue a tactical alert throughout the city.
According to police, the demonstration in Boston was very orderly. Almost 500 racially mixed people joined that protest rally. The San Francisco protesters, who were also almost 500 in number, also did not show any signs of disorder.
The protesters throughout the country rallied by raising a few different signs like ‘Stop Racial Profiling’, ‘We Demand Justice’, ‘Justice for Trayvon’, etc.