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'It Ain't Over' Say Supporters At Wichita Trayvon Martin Rally

More than 100 protesters in Wichita took to the streets Monday night in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The former neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrators support the NAACP's effort to get the US Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

With signs reading, “We support Trayvon Martin” and “Justice is Not blind, We are Watching," dozens donned hoodies in support of the gunned down teen and some clutched Skittles and ice tea bottles.

As each speaker took the microphone, the crowd shouted “We want justice. We want it now!”

Kansas Justice Advocate President Mary Dean told the crowd despite the acquittal, Zimmerman should have to face a civil suit for killing 17-year-old Martin.

“We don't want him to believe and think that it's over 'cause it ain't over,” Dean says. “We want racial profiling to end in the city and across the country against black and brown.”

Kevin Harrison who attended the rally agrees things have to change.

“I'm 44 and I'm born and raised in Wichita,” he says. “But I've been racially profiled from the time I started driving. I've been getting pulled over for no reason.”

Dejuan Wash, a member of the Justice for Trayvon Coalition, says he's been in touch with the Martin family and told the crowd the injustice has to stop.

“It means that on today we call, write or email our legislators," he says. "And take out our anger on these laws that are designed to allow these type of killings to occur."

“A law that allows us to be stopped and frisked without cause. Black men, we deserve more than to be written off so easily, and it is up to us to ensure that we are not.”

The Justice Department says it's reviewing evidence in the Zimmerman case to determine whether criminal civil rights charges are warranted.

Zimmerman supporters say the trial is over and the verdict needs to be accepted.

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.