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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The verdict in the Zimmerman case has many people talking – including here in Pittsburgh.

Several rallies were being held in different parts of the city.

More than 100 people showed up in Mellon Park Sunday afternoon to talk about the case.

Sunday night, a large crowd showed up at “Freedom Corner” in the Hill District for a vigil.

Demonstrators of various ages and backgrounds displayed a wide range of emotions.

Despite the heat, many demonstrators wore hoodies to signify that they were on the side of Trayvon Martin. Many say the justice system let him down.

“I think the prosecution may have erred in not connecting the dots,” said attorney Blaine Jones. “It’s not the job of the jury to connect the dots as to what happened that evening, it’s the job of the prosecutors office. And I think that this could possibly set a very dangerous legal precedent.”

Hundreds of people also rallied in cities across the U.S.

About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago, saying the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States. Seventy-three-year-old Maya Miller said the case reminded her of the 1955 slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who was murdered by a group of white men while visiting Mississippi. Till’s killing galvanized the civil rights movement.

In Miami, more than 200 people gathered for a vigil. “You can’t justify murder,” read one poster. Another read “Don’t worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans.”

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