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Trayvon Martin rallies in Madison, Milwaukee

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Several hundred people rallied in Madison and Milwaukee last evening to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. A couple hundred people attended a State Capitol rally where one speaker called this “open season on blacks” and others urged people to stand up against racism. In Milwaukee, about 125 people marched from the Martin Luther King statue down King Drive to the city’s downtown. They chanted “No Justice, no peace.” The group Occupy Milwaukee organized the march.

Police reported no problems.

On Saturday night in Milwaukee, about 40 protestors against the Zimmerman verdict rallied for a half-hour before breaking up. Another group of 75 gathered around midnight Saturday – and Milwaukee Police arrested one person there for obstructing an officer. Other protests occurred around the country yesterday, as President Obama called for calm.

The Justice Department said it was looking into possible civil rights violations against Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. His attorney said prosecutors never had a chance in proving a murder charge – and they should not have brought the case to court regardless of the defendant’s racial status.