George Zimmerman trial protesters block Highway 288

Hundreds in Houston gathered to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting. They marched down the street and at one point blocked Highway 288 as they marched across the highway yesterday. If you've got photos, send them to us at news@abc13.com and we'll post them all on our iWitness Reports page. (Photo/iWitness Reports) (iWitness Photo)
July 16, 2013 9:37:12 AM PDT
About 500 people gathered at a funeral home in the Third Ward on Monday afternoon to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The rally included a march with an empty coffin, which organizers say represents what racial profiling means for the future of young African-American men. This verdict is polarizing for many folks in our area.

"I think it was unjust but this system is the best in the world for a reason. That is because we do allow a defendant to come before a jury of his or her peers and be judged by them, rather than one," said Michael Edwards who opposed the verdict.

"I feel justice was served. Both sides got to present their story and it went to a jury. The jury found in favor of the, what's his name, Zimmerman," said Charles Williamson who supported the verdict.

At one point, the protestors stopped traffic on Highway 288 as they marched across the highway.

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