At Trayvon Martin Vigil, SF Leaders Call For "Action"

Elected officials and NAACP members sound off.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 9:54 AM PDT
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FILE - This undated file family photo shows Trayvon Martin. The acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot Martin in 2012 following a scuffle, has set off rallies in San Francisco.

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Elected officials and civic leaders called for an end to racial profiling at an Wednesday rally for Trayvon Martin at San Francisco's City Hall, according to reports.

"The injustice in Florida is a threat to all of us," said San Francisco Supervisor London Breed, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "The injustice in Florida is a threat to African American boys."

Martin, 17, was shot and killed last year after encountering George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder charges last week. His acquittal has sparked protests across the country and also fueled debate about race in America.

Rev. Amos Brown, the head of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, said that the organization will push to "bring this Zimmerman gentleman to justice," the Guardian reported.

Racial profiling led to Martin's shooting at the hands of Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, where stand-your-ground laws mean lethal force can be used in situations where a gunman believes his life to be in danger, according to speakers at the rally.

"The fact that we have to look our children in the eye and explain why somebody can kill a kid and get away with it and not be charged and walk out of the courtroom a free man, how do you explain that?" asked Breed, according to the newspaper.

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