TAMPA, Florida -- In front of the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse in downtown Tampa, chants and signs brought attention to what demonstrators called a "broken judicial system" in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal.
"George Zimmerman just proved to us that there's no law in America that stands up to killing a child," Ali Muhammad, local chairman for the New Black Panther Party, shouted through a megaphone.
The New Black Panther Party, along with the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, organized Monday's rally as similar demonstrations occurred across the country. The Tampa event may have appeared smaller than most, but it was peaceful and attracted passersby who didn't even know a rally was scheduled.
"I hope it brings people together," said spectator Laurence Milligan. "It's a learning opportunity, that's for sure, not to try to get involved with fights and stuff like that because unfortunately, there was a life lost."
"No matter what color you are, what you represent, what street you live on, we just want a good justice system that holds people accountable for taking the law into their own hands," Muhammad added. "Do not take the law into your own hands because no matter how much you feel that you're protecting yourself and your community, there's laws and regulations that you must live by here in America."