Thousands show up at SC Zimmerman trial protest

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Several thousand people have participated in a protest at the South Carolina Statehouse over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Organizers met at the Statehouse on Saturday morning. After remarks from people including state Rep. Leon Howard and a performance of "Amazing Grace," participants marched to the federal courthouse in downtown Columbia.

Participants were encouraged to bring school supplies and nonperishable food items for donation. There was also an opportunity to sign a petition to call on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against Zimmerman.

The group is upset that Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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