Protests held in NV over Trayvon Martin verdict

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Updated: 7/21/2013 5:41 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Demonstrators endured hot temperatures in Las Vegas and Reno on Saturday to protest the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of Trayvon Martin's slaying in Florida.

Organizers say up to 400 protesters rallied outside the federal courthouse in Las Vegas and about 50 people gathered outside the federal courthouse in Reno.

They were among rallies held as part of a national "Justice for Trayvon" day to press for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. They were held a week after Zimmerman was found not guilty in the February 2012 shooting death of the unarmed teen.

News 4's Madison Corney was at the Rally as the Reno-Sparks NAACP chapter joined voices nationwide. Leaders from the local NAACP chapter say they want civil rights violation charges filed against Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports protesters marched from The Heart Attack Grill to the courthouse in downtown Las Vegas, holding placards that read, "Justice for Trayvon Martin" and "Unify the Community."

The Rev. Al Sharpton was leader of the "Justice for Trayvon" day.

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