Local teens to AG Holder: We want to live without fear

Saturday - 7/27/2013, 7:06pm EDT

Teens hold up signs protesting the outcome of Florida's George Zimmerman trial and the treatment and suspicioun of black teens during a rally at Largo High School in Upper Marlboro Saturday. (WTOP/Thomas Warren)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of 17-year- old Florida teen Trayvon Martin made him a free man. But, teens in the D.C. area say there's still justice to be done in the case, and they're taking their message to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Teens involved in the Community Public Awareness Council, or C-PAC, gathered with members of the organization for a rally Saturday afternoon at Largo High School, where they read letters they'll send to Holder's office.

The Justice Department is currently investigating whether Zimmerman, 29, committed civil rights violations against Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 - the night he shot the unarmed, black teen. C-PAC says the letters are intended to persuade Holder to continue his probe, and to prosecute Zimmerman if evidence shows he committed a crime.

On July 14, Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Martin.

"How do I know that if somebody was to shoot me, or one of my friends, that they won't be found not guilty?" said Jasmine Ceasar, 17, reading her letter to the crowd of about 100 people.

In a recent speech at the national convention for African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Holder said, "We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion - and also with truth." The White House has said it won't play a role in the Justice Department investigation.

The teens at Saturday's rally say whether charges are filed against Zimmerman, or not, they want to ensure that their rights are respected.

"All I want is for equality and peace overall. Is that too much to ask?" said Christopher Miles, 17, reading his letter. "I just want to live without fear."

The C-PAC agency is a non-profit organization that works in coordination with the Prince George's County government and police department.

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