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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 8:21 pm | Updated: 11:41 pm, Tue Jul 16, 2013.

After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin Saturday night, protests sparked in several places across the country.

Protesters gathered at the Federal Building at 4th Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Phoenix Sunday night.

They are demanding that civil rights charges be brought against Zimmerman.

The verdict exposed a racial divide that is still alive and well in America, one community leader says.

To many African-Americans this is just another example of the justice system siding with a light-skinned person, while a young black person is dead.

They prefer to call it the “injustice” system.

“I hope what we do get from the Zimmerman trial is a commitment in this country to really begin to deal with racists, it’s beyond time for America to have that candid discussion,” said Reverend Jarrett Maupin.

The group plans for the peaceful protest to let others vent their frustration. And they will be signing the NAACP petition to make sure civil rights charges are brought against Zimmerman.

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