By Sunday morning, local civic leader and civil rights activists started chiming in.
“Clearly, Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were violated,” said Ron Scott, spokesman for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. “He had the most basic human right, the right to life, and that was taken away.”
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations of Michigan, hoped that the Department of Justice would bring a federal case against Zimmerman.
“I hope that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder take a serious look at this,” Walid said. “They have a responsibility to the nation to see that America stays the course, and continues to evolve to a more just union.”