PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of people marched peacefully through downtown Philadelphia Sunday to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Philadelphia Police Lt. Dennis Konczyk of the civil affairs unit estimates that 700 people participated in the march, and says the event was calm and orderly.
Organizer Johnathan Cooper says he hopes the protest will empower black people in the Philadelphia community and “get them involved in the system.”
The protesters chanted Martin’s name as they walked through the city, from Love Park to the Liberty Bell and back.
Abdul Jabar, a 44-year-old protester from West Philadelphia, says that although the protest won’t change the verdict, it “makes people aware that we are aware.”
A jury cleared Zimmerman of all charges on Saturday.