RAW: Dozens Rally for Trayvon Martin in Minneapolis

Updated: 07/20/2013 4:58 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

One week after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, people gathered for nationwide rallies to press for changes to self-defense laws and for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.

On Saturday, dozens gathered outside the federal courthouse in Minneapolis to honor Martin. Local pastors gave a sermon and led a group prayer.
The Florida case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense, guns, and race relations. Zimmerman, who successfully claimed that he was protecting himself when he shot Martin, identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin was black.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.