ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Local protestors gathered in downtown St. Louis Thursday to call for action in response to the George Zimmerman verdict.

About 100 protestors chanting “no justice, no peace” gathered on the steps of the Old Courthouse, upset with the “not guilty” verdict for the Florida neighborhood watchman in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin vigil, Old Courthouse St. Louis, Mo.

Trayvon Martin vigil, Old Courthouse St. Louis, Mo.

“Never in the history of St. Louis have we had a black circuit attorney,” protestor Zakeed Baruti yelled to the crowd. “We need to get a circuit attorney that has empathy for what is happening in our community.

Baruti says he also supports a boycott of Florida because of its “stand your ground” self-defense law, and supports calls for the federal prosecution of Zimmerman with a hate crime.

“We support the national call that there ought to be a Justice Department investigation into the hate crime perpetrated by George Zimmerman,” he said.

Members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri were among those protesting.


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