Chicago holds 'Justice for Trayvon' rally

Thousands hold 'Justice for Trayvon' rally in Chicago

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

A few thousand people chanting "No justice, no peace" are gathered in downtown Chicago to press for civil rights charges against former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman.

A jury in Florida last week acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

The case has become a flashpoint in the debate over guns, race relations and self-defense laws. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic. Martin was black.

The rallies are taking place in 100-plus cities Saturday to demand a federal case.

In Chicago, the Rev. Gregory Livingston is telling the crowd they must fight for "justice for Trayvon." He is calling on the Justice Department to file charges.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition has helped organize the Chicago rally, taking place outside the Dirksen Federal Building.

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