LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – A series of vigils were planned in Southern California on Saturday in reaction to the “not guilty” verdict in George Zimmerman’s murder trial in Florida.
The rallies were part of what’s being called “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action” after Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
The vigils were organized by the Reverend Al Sharpton earlier this week.
The civil rights leader and MSNBC host called on Americans outraged by the verdict to head to federal buildings and courthouses in more than 100 cities across the nation.
The efforts are meant to pressure the Justice Department to charge George Zimmerman with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights.
In Southern California, protests were scheduled in Los Angeles, Riverside, Anaheim, San Bernardino and Palmdale.
A protest at the Federal Courthouse Building in downtown Los Angeles on Spring Street was scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, attended a rally in New York City, along with Sharpton.
Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, was set to attend a vigil in Miami.