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AZ demonstrators demand action by DOJ after Zimmerman verdict

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More than 100 people in Phoenix on Sunday called for the U.S. Justice Department to review the Trayvon Martin case. (Source: CBS 5 News) More than 100 people in Phoenix on Sunday called for the U.S. Justice Department to review the Trayvon Martin case. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

More than 100 people gathered in downtown Phoenix, calling upon the Department of Justice to take action in response to a "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The demonstration was originally to take place outside Department of Justice offices but organizers said the crowd grew so large they were forced to move the demonstration to the U.S. Courthouse on Washington Street.

"I truly believe that Mr. Zimmerman was in the wrong," Sharon Zapatos said.

Zapatos and other demonstrators said the Department of Justice must step in and investigate the Zimmerman case as a civil rights matter.

"We should respect the jury's decision," said another demonstrator, Jeff Metcaff. "Do I believe it could've been a different outcome? Yes."

Whether the Department of Justice picks up the investigation could have impacts on cases in Arizona because of similar "stand your ground" laws that played a key role in Zimmerman's defense.

However, not everyone believes the Department of Justice should step in.

"I hope not," Gail Edwards said. "I don't think it was a prejudice case."

Edwards is among others who see the trial as a testament to the country's legal system and the jury did what it was supposed to do.

"I'm sorry [Trayvon Martin's death] happened," Edwards said. "I don't want anyone shot but I just felt the charges against [Zimmerman] were not correct."

The verdict has also received comments from Washington.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called upon the Department of Justice to review the case.

Sunday afternoon, the Justice Department stated it is reviewing the case. However, whether it will take any action remains to be determined.

While officials there review, several similar cases in Arizona will wait for the Department's decision.

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