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D.C. Protesters Seek Charges in Trayvon Martin Case

Demonstrators at Justice Department building



    A rally in Washington, D.C., helps mark a month since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla. News4's Derrick Ward reports. (Published Monday, March 26, 2012)

    A few dozen demonstrators in the nation's capital are calling on the U.S. Justice Department to bring charges in the slaying of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.

    Protesters gathered outside a Justice Department building on Monday to call for a criminal prosecution against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claims he killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Martin's family believes racial profiling was behind the Feb. 26 shooting.

    The demonstration was organized by National Black United Front and is one of several that have taken place in Washington in recent days.

    Among the demonstrators was 48-year-old Patti Francis, who said she was outraged over what happened. Her 12-year-old son, Barrett Griffin, said he believes Zimmerman would have already been arrested if he were black.