Sharpton: Rallies Planned In 100 Cities Over Zimmerman Verdict

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2013)--Vigils and rallies will be held in 100 cities across the U.S. this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The verdict touched off protests around the country.

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan Tuesday at a news conference outside the Justice Department with several ministers, but did not say in which cities rallies and vigils will be staged at federal buildings Saturday.

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights when he shot the 17-year-old during a confrontation in February 2012 in Sanford.

Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense.

A six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

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