COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Several thousand people participated in a protest at the Statehouse on Saturday morning over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
After remarks from speakers including Sixth District Congressman James Clyburn and Richland County State Representative Leon Howard -- and a performance of "Amazing Grace" -- participants marched to the federal courthouse in downtown Columbia.
Many of those who took part wore hoodies as they protested Zimmerman's acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
There was an opportunity to sign a petition to call on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against Zimmerman.
A second petition called for the repeal of South Carolina's Stand Your Ground law.
Attendees were also encouraged to bring school supplies and nonperishable food items for donation.