THE BRONX - Dozens gathered on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse this afternoon as part of the 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies that were held nationwide in protest of George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Last week, a Florida jury found the neighborhood watchman not guilty in the 2012 death of 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self-defense, while opponents of the verdict claim Zimmerman targeted Martin because of his race.
At the rally in the Bronx, attendees said that they want the U.S. Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman. The DOJ is performing an investigation as it decides whether to file such charges.
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Their sentiments were echoed at a much larger rally in Manhattan, where Rev. Al Sharpton also called for the repeal of Florida's "stand your ground" laws. Martin's mother and brother also attended the Manhattan rally.