Hundreds Protest Zimmerman Acquittal In Birmingham

Jul 15, 2013

George Zimmerman's acquittal has prompted protests across the country including one that drew hundreds to Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham Monday.
Credit Associated Press

Hundreds of demonstrators are rallying at a park in downtown Birmingham to protest the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Marlon Wright was among the demonstrators who gathered at Kelly Ingram Park Monday and said he has to be wary around police as a young black man. He says he fears that Zimmerman's acquittal will only make matters worse.

Wanda Erskine says the verdict stunned her because she lost her own son to gun violence.

The crowd marched along downtown streets singing civil rights hymns and chanting "No justice, no peace," as police looked on.

Demonstrators have planned to gather for additional protests.