Protests in Atlanta against Zimmerman verdict largely peaceful - CBS46 News

Protests in Atlanta against Zimmerman verdict largely peaceful

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

More protests are scheduled for Monday against the George Zimmerman verdict.

Demonstrations across the country are heating up and police officers have launched contingency plans to keep the peace.

A march is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday starting at Sankofa United Church of Christ on James P. Brawley Dr. and ending at the CNN Center.

In Atlanta, hundreds of people took to the streets Sunday night.

The protest was a peaceful one as demonstrators made their way past the CNN Center and onto Centennial Olympic Park.

After hearing about peaceful, non-violence protests that have arisen, Rep. John Lewis offered this statement:

"I join with the young people, men and women of America who are very saddened by the outcome of this trial. As I said earlier, it demonstrates a pressing need for some kind of national dialogue around the issues of race and equal justice and the equal value of every human life. Those of us who hold this opinion have a right to protest, and it is important that we exercise that right.

"I call upon you all to continue to use the power of peace and non-violent strategies to make your voices heard. Peaceful ends require the use of peaceful means because, in the final analysis, we all live in the same house, one house, the world house. We are one people, one family, the human family, and we must be reminded of what Martin Luther King Jr. once said even when we disagree with the actions of others. 'We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters,' he said, 'or we will all perish as fools.'"

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