A Minneapolis rally to support Trayvon Martin in the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman planned for Monday night attracted hundreds of activists to the Government Center plaza in downtown Minneapolis.
MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change calls it the #HoodiesUp for Trayvon Rally, which is got underway at 6 p.m. The Justice 4 Terrance Franklin Committee helped organize the event, among others.
The groups are making three demands in their rally:
1. Civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman 2. Prosecution of the police who killed Terrence Franklin 3. Decriminalization of youths of color
Prior to the rally, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau asked for a "vocal, not violent" demonstration.
"I fully understand the public's concern and their desire to have their voices be heard. Peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our democracy. I assure you the women and men of the Minneapolis Police Department will protect the rights of all citizens and their freedom of speech and public safety," Harteau said. "I also recognize that emotions are high, so I urge our community to be vocal not violent. We have seen far too much violence in our city. We are a community and a police department that consistently works together to create safe and vibrant neighborhoods for all people."
The #HoodiesUp for Trayvon Rally Facebook event provided the following information:
"There will be NO justice for Trayvon or the thousands of others like him who face racial profiling, mass incarceration, police brutality, and a criminal injustice system that allows people of color to be murdered time and time again with no consequences whatsoever.
"Thus we ask you to stand up on your block, in your community, in your city and join us in the streets at 6pm Monday at the Hennepin County Government Center. Come to express your sorrow, your rage, and your continuing demand for justice for Trayvon and beyond."
Terrance Franklin, 22, was fatally shot by Minneapolis police in Uptown on May 10 after allegedly shooting two cops.
According to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers struggled with Franklin in the basement of a home he had broken into at 27th and Bryant Avenue South after he fled police in a car and then on foot.
PEACEFUL ZIMMERMAN PROTESTS IN L.A., NYC
Protesters held a series of mainly peaceful demonstrations following the acquittal of George Zimmerman and voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Sunday.
Los Angeles police said they began making arrests after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard. Only seven arrests were reported, the Los Angeles Times said.
New York police said about a dozen people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.