Trayvon Martin's mother and brother joined the Rev. Al Sharpton Saturday and hundreds of others at a rally in lower Manhattan Saturday to call an end to racial profiling. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
There was a show of solidarity in lower Manhattan Saturday from hundreds who didn't know Trayvon Martin or his family, but said they shared their pain.
"I'm here to lend my support to Trayvon's mom," said one resident. "It's a personal thing to me."
They gathered at police headquarters in lower Manhattan as part of the Justice for Trayvon rally. It was one of about 100 held across the country this afternoon, peaceful protests to push for the Justice Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the man acquitted last week in last year's shooting death of Martin.
"Zimmerman stated that black guys have been terrorizing their neighborhood that he lived in and breaking and entering, etc.," said one person at the rally. "So you don't lump everyone black into that category."
"We're going to keep the focus on the Justice Department because Trayvon Martin had the civil right to go home that day," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
People of every race stood together at the rally, acknowledging that racism is still a real issue in America, one some have battled for years and will continue to fight against.
"Not only do I vow to you to do what I can for Trayvon Martin, I promise you I'm going to work hard for your children as well because it's important," said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother.
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"Justice For Trayvon" Demonstrations Held Across Country
New York City was not the only city to rally in support of Trayvon Martin Saturday, as hundreds of people joined National Action Network demonstrations in other cities.
In Miami, demonstrators carried large posters of Trayvon Martin through the streets.
Martin's father, Tracy, joined that rally, and called the outpouring of love and support overwhelming.
"It sends a message to the nation that we're not going to sit back and let our children be killed and don't say anything about it," he said.
Large crowds also turned out in Chicago, where the Rev. Jesse Jackson helped organize a march.
In Atlanta, hundreds called for civil rights charges to be brought against George Zimmerman, and in Los Angeles, crowds gathered downtown to support the Martin family.