Local leader reacts to George Zimmerman verdict
Posted at: 07/15/2013 5:18 PM | Updated at: 07/15/2013 7:52 PM
The NAACP is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to file federal civil rights against neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman.
He was found not guilty by a Florida jury on Saturday in the death of Travyon Martin, an unarmed teenager.
Since that verdict, people continue to speak out in support of and against the verdict with rallies across the country and in Rochester. Another one will take place Monday evening.
News10NBC's Janet Lomax sat down Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He says while many don't agree, the jury has spoken. He says he grieves for the family of Trayvon Martin.
Some say the teen was racially profiled. Dr. McMickle says it is real. It happens to men who look like him all the time.
Dr. McMickle says the community as a whole needs to remember every life has value. The rally is now a joint rally hosted the Rochester Chapter of NAACP and City Councilman Adam McFadden. The rally is at 6:00p.m. at Baber AME Church on Meigs Street.