Chicago Clergy Call for Calm After Martin Verdict
CHICAGO, IL - Chicago's Black clergy are calling for calm in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.
The pleas followed a Florida jury's decisions to clear former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed the teen last year at a condominium development.
Martin's death unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
Some Chicago activists have called for a downtown rally on Sunday, and clergy will hold news conferences to stress nonviolence.
Pastor Ira Acree of Chicago's Greater St. John Bible Church says the community should become a "united voice for peace." He says it can't control the verdict but "can control our streets and communities."