Protesters of the Zimmerman verdict carry signs through downtown Las Vegas on July 14, 2013. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Protesters gathered at City Hall in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday to voice their disapproval of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case.
Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday in connection with the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, a teen who Zimmerman shot and killed during a struggle in Florida. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, but Martin's family believed the teen's death was deliberate.
Since Saturday's verdict, protesters have taken to the streets in cities across the country, including Las Vegas.
About 100 people, some wearing hooded sweatshirts as a tribute to Martin, gathered in downtown Sunday night with a message - "no justice, no peace."
"Regardless of us knowing Trayvon Martin, or not knowing Trayvon Martin, we all are family," said 15-year-old Deishene Johnson, who helped organize the protest. "We need to come together and stop fighting each other."
"This is just the beginning," said Elle Ford, who attended the rally. "We need to keep doing stuff like this so people notice it and say, 'We need to make a change.'"
Some say the verdict has sparked a debate about racial profiling, self-defense and the country's legal system.
The same group said it plans to hold a peaceful picnic at Alexander Park at the end of the month.
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