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Protesters gathered at Freedom Plaza over the weekend to protest the lack of arrest in the Trayvon Martin case. Martin supporters are planning another demonstration today outside the U.S. Department of Justice buiding.
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Protesters gathered at Freedom Plaza over the weekend to protest the lack of arrest in the Trayvon Martin case. Martin supporters are planning another demonstration today outside the U.S. Department of Justice buiding.

Hundreds of people in the region are planning to demonstrate outside the U.S. Department of Justice later today in support of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. 

Hundreds of people came out this weekend to show solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, who was killed a month ago in Florida. The shooter, George Zimmerman, hasn't been charged by Florida or federal officials for the shooting. While the anger over the slaying of the unarmed teen is palpable, District resident Fred Riley says the disturbing incident is nothing new.

"I think a wakeup call was served many years ago, I think that it just takes incidents like this to get people to notice situations," Riley says. "But this stuff didn't just happen with Trayvon, this stuff has been going on for years and years."

The slaying of Trayvon Martin has sparked national outrage. Even President Obama weighed in on the disturbing set of circumstances surrounding his death this week, although though law enforcement officials still haven't charged Zimmerman for the killing. 

Tonight's rally to pressure the administration to press charges is slated to begin around 4 p.m. at the Department of Justice building on Pennsylvania Ave NW.

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