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Local activists to hold rally for Trayvon

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There will be a rally in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Shreveport on Saturday. There will be a rally in front of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Shreveport on Saturday.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

There will be a rally in Shreveport on Saturday at the Federal Courthouse in support of the Trayvon Martin family.  George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch man, was found not guilty of second degree murder in connection with Martin's death.

The National Action Network is hosting the demonstration to urge the government to consider a civil rights violation against Zimmerman.

KSLA hit the streets to find out what the vibe was in the Ark-La-Tex about the verdict that has so much emotion on both sides.

"Man I think that it's messed up," says Charles Jones. "For him [Martin] to come up dead and they didn't give him [Zimmerman] no time for nothing, I feel like it's messed up."

"I don't think it was a fair verdict," says Kurt DeVille. "I was shocked to hear that. He gets off scot-free?"

Others are more accepting of the jury's decision. "They made the decision and I accept that," says Walter Gates. "I'm satisfied. With the information that they had, they did the only thing they could do." Another woman, who did not want to be identified, says "With my understanding, it is what it is."

Dr. Artis Cash, the chairman of the Shreveport Chapter of the National Action Network believes there was another motivation in the Martin case, "This is all about race. That's what this is all about," he says. "We want peace. That's all we want is peace and we're going to redirect their frustrations back into Dr. King's dream because Blacks, Whites, Hispanics all of us, we're all a part of that dream."

While the Zimmerman verdict signaled the end of the criminal case, the national conversation about what it means continues.

No matter what people's thoughts are about the case, no matter how strong those feelings are, Jones says people just want to be heard. "We stand strong behind the Martin family. I'm most definitely proud of that."

The rally will begin at noon on Saturday in front of the Federal Courthouse at 300 Fannin St. in downtown Shreveport. Organizers are asking that the demonstration remain peaceful.

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