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SANFORD, FL - JULY 13:  George Zimmerman (R) is congratulated by members of his defense team Don West (L) and Lorna Truett after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

SANFORD, FL – JULY 13: George Zimmerman (R) is congratulated by members of his defense team Don West (L) and Lorna Truett after being found not guilty, on the 25th day of his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Demonstrators are planning peaceful rallies in Bridgeport to protest a jury’s not-guilty verdict against George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

The Connecticut Post reports that a rally is planned for 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the federal court building and another is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday on McLevy Green. The protests are among dozens being held across the country.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of New Haven City Hall on Monday to protest the verdict. Demonstrators told the New Haven Register that they wanted to express their heartache and disappointment and call for efforts to end racial profiling.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted by a jury Saturday in the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old Martin last year in Sanford, Fla.

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