'Justice for Trayvon' rallies planned in Alabama


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Rallies are planned in several Alabama cities following the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer in the shooting of a Florida teenager.

Demonstrations will be held Saturday in Birmingham, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa calling for justice in the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Organizers in Montgomery plan a march from the federal courthouse to the Alabama Capitol.

In Birmingham, activist Frank Matthews says a peaceful rally will be followed by a march through downtown.

The demonstrations are among those planned in 100 U.S. cities as part of a national "Justice for Trayvon" day.

Community watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin's gunshot killing a week ago in Sanford, Fla. The defense argued Zimmerman fired in self-defense.

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