ORLANDO, Fla. — Hundreds of people gathered at "Justice for Trayvon" vigils in central Florida on Saturday, calling for a federal civil rights investigation into Trayvon Martin's death.
The "Justice for Trayvon" vigils were held at federal buildings across the country Saturday, including one in downtown Orlando and another in Daytona Beach.
The National Action Network organized the vigils to take place at noon in 100 U.S. cities. The group chose to rally at federal buildings to urge the Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation.
"We are calling on the DOJ to take action!," Temia Brinson said.
The vigil in downtown Orlando was held at the federal courthouse, while the Daytona Beach vigil was at the federal appeals courthouse on South Beach Street.
Those participating in the vigils included NAACP activists, National Action Network members, pastors, politicians and local residents. Orlando city commissioner Sam Ings was in attendance and boldly called out the Sanford Police Department.
"Sanford police did not do their job... This is a miscarriage of justice and we have to make a statement," Ings said to the crowd.
The vigils were planned following George Zimmerman's acquittal of second-degree murder. An all female, six-person jury found Zimmerman not guilty on July 13.