By Jason Schwartz
Various community activist groups are planning a noon rally Saturday at the amphitheater at Old School Square to protest the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The rally – at 10 a.m. on the corner of East Atlantic Avenue and NE 1st Avenue – is part of a national effort in which similar “Justice for Trayvon” rallies are said to be planned in 100 cities across the country.
Zimmerman, a community watch volunteer, followed and approached Martin, who was returning to his father’s house from a trip to the store, because he believed him to be suspicious. The two got into a confrontation that turned physical and ended with Zimmerman shooting the unarmed Martin. He and his lawyers successfully argued before the court that the shooting was in self defense.
A Sanford jury on Saturday found Zimmerman, 28, innocent in the February 2012 shooting death of Martin, 17.
The nationwide effort is being organized by the National Action Network and will lead up to a larger rally in Washington that is being planned for Aug. 24.
People in attendance will be asked to sign petitions that demand the federal government pursue charges against Zimmerman.