ALBANY, N.Y. – Local community members gathered Monday morning to silently respond to the not guilty verdict rendered by the jury in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
At 8 a.m. Monday, members of Mothers Against Murder and Shootings (MAMAS), Social Justice Center, New York State Prisoner Justice Network, New York Students Rising, Holding Our Own and Organization for a Free Society will stand on the East New York State Capitol Steps for four minutes.
Nationally, thousands of demonstrators from across the country are chanting, and praying in protest of the jury's decision.
Police in Los Angeles said they arrested six people, mostly for failure to disperse, after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared. New York police said at least a dozen people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.
Advocates want federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday in Martin's 2012 shooting death. The Rev. Al Sharpton said Monday that his organization will hold vigils and rallies in 100 cities Saturday in front of federal buildings.
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