RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In the wake of the George Zimmerman ruling, hundreds of protesters took to the steps of the John Marshall courthouse building in Richmond Sunday evening.
The anti-violence rally came a day after Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Millions of people across the country are divided over the decision.
The crowd in Richmond was passionate and hopeful for what they consider future justice for Trayvon Martin. There was some anger and regret expressed over the jury's decision. However, there was more positivity in the crowd over the push for change.
"The verdict is in, so now let the work begin," said a representative from Richmond's NAACP.
"We will not lift up swords, but we will lift up our voices. We will lift up our hearts. We will lift up our minds. We will seek God the way you would have us go," said a pastor to the crowd.
Different speakers, city and community leaders, pressed for the support of removing Stand your Ground laws, around the country
"The power is in the people. Based on the decisions you made, these people are in the positions they are in and they are making the legislation," said Richmond City Councilwoman Michelle Mosby.
The crowd marched with signs in support of Martin and against racism.
The Richmond NAACP is supporting the national organization's move to collect a million signatures, urging for a civil case, and the removal of Stand your Ground laws, across the country.