August 23, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) - Several thousand people endured rain in downtown Atlanta as they called for changes to the nation's self-defense laws a week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock asked several thousand attendees of Saturday's rally what was so scary about a black man in a hood. Martin, who was black, wore a hoodie sweatshirt on the night he died. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, told police Martin looked suspicious.
Rally organizers said states should make it harder for people like Zimmerman to use self-defense arguments in court after killing someone. Many called for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch volunteer.
Zimmerman's attorneys have said their client didn't pursue Martin because of his race.
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