Thousands attend 'Justice for Trayvon' rally in Manhattan

 Demonstrators are calling for civil rights charges to be filed against George Zimmerman.

Demonstrators are calling for civil rights charges to be filed against George Zimmerman. (7/20/13)

MANHATTAN - Thousands gathered in Manhattan this afternoon at 1 Police Plaza as part of the 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies that were held nationwide in protest of George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Last week, a Florida jury found the neighborhood watchman not guilty in the 2012 death of 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self-defense, while opponents of the verdict claim Zimmerman targeted Martin because of his race.

Attendees say they want the U.S. Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman. Rev. Al Sharpton also called for the repeal of Florida's "stand your ground" laws. Attendees said they want the fight for justice to continue even after the cameras have stopped rolling.

Martin's mother and brother also attended the Manhattan rally, where they and other protesters said it was clear that on the night Martin was shot that his civil rights were violated. The Martin family also said that Trayvon Martin would not rest peacefully if the protests were not peaceful.

At the event, Martin's mother said that anyone could have been her son, and the fight for justice must continue.

Martin's father attended a rally in Miami.

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