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Zimmerman Verdict Sparks Local Protests

An estimated 120 people gathered at the Franklin County Courthouse and the Statehouse yesterday to protest the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was charged with shooting and killing an unarmed 17-year-old African-American teen in Florida last year. Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday night, igniting a social media storm of outrage and cries of racism at rallies in Columbus and around the country. The NAACP and protesters are calling for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. The Justice Department says it is looking into the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges. President Obama is asking all Americans respect the call for calm reflection. He says Americans should ask themselves if they're doing all they can to stem gun violence, and what can be done to prevent future tragedies like the Florida shooting.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.