Tuesday Mar 27, 201205:21 AM GMT
US protesters stage fresh rallies in Florida over teen's death
People join nationwide protests in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, downtown Los Angeles, California, March 26, 2012.
Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:14AM
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Amid growing outrage over the shooting death of a black Florida teenager, thousands of American protesters stage rallies to mark a month since the unarmed boy was killed.

Thousands of people, including civil rights leaders, marched through the streets of Sanford, Florida, on Monday to urge officials to bring Trayvon Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, to trial.

Zimmerman, a watch guard, shot dead Martin on February 26 near his house, claiming he killed the teen in self-defense. He has claimed that the victim punched him, knocked him to the ground and slammed his head into the pavement repeatedly before he fired the gunshot.

Zimmerman is not arrested and charged, yet. A grand jury, however, is set to decide whether to charge Zimmerman with murder on April 10.

The protesters presented a petition to civic leaders with some 1.8 million signatures calling for the prosecution of Zimmerman.

The angry demonstrators in the city of Iowa also held similar protests in support of the 17-year-old teenager.

This is while human rights groups say the shooting is racially motivated. Trayvon's case has stirred serious concerns over racial discrimination against the African-American community in the US.

The death of Martin is followed by the shooting death of an African-American woman by an off-duty police officer in the US city of Chicago nearly a week ago, which is regarded as another blow to the US police credibility.

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