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Zimmerman trial protesters rally at SC capitol

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS/AP) -

Protesters upset with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial demonstrated at the South Carolina State House Saturday.

Several thousand people met at the State House on Saturday morning. After remarks from people including state Rep. Leon Howard and a performance of Amazing Grace, participants marched to the federal courthouse in downtown Columbia.

The group is upset that Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A sea of different posters filled the crowd, however the message was the same: "Justice for Trayvon Martin."

"It is very important to understand what is right and what is wrong, truth versus justice," said Pete Banks.

"With this incident that happened, to me, the bigger picture is that in no community should an event like a teenager be killed, no matter what area it's in," said Simone Outten.

It's been a week since jurors came back with a not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial.
In that time, organizers planned the Columbia rally.

"We have to educate the youth, especially the men and women growing up," said Shon Harris. "It starts at home. We can't teach each other to hate. We have to definitely start getting back to loving and spreading that to everyone."

Within the crowd were many mothers who say Trayvon's death hits close to home.

"I'm here because I have a 16-year-old son and when I first heard about this incident with Trayvon Martin I thought, 'That could be my son,'" said Totlyn Banks.

During the rally, supporters could sign two petitions. One for the US Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against Zimmerman and another to repeal South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law.

Participants were encouraged to bring school supplies and nonperishable food items for donation.

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