(WBEN) A lot of people are calling for changes in America's self-defense laws in the wake of the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teenager. There were "Justice For Trayvon" rallies in Buffalo and cities across the country Saturday. Many of the demonstrators are also calling for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted last week in the death of Trayvon Martin.
ATLANTA (AP) - One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, rallies were held in cities across the country to press for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.
Gatherings yesterday were held in Buffalo and Syracuse, along with New York City -- where Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Reverend Al Sharpton led the rally.
In addition to pushing the Justice Department to investigate civil rights charges against Zimmerman, Sharpton says he wants to see a rollback of stand-your-ground self-defense laws, which are on the books in more than 20 states