PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it sparked protests across the nation.
There were more than one hundred rallies around the country this weekend. Monday, demonstrators rallied in Portland. People gathered in Monument Square to honor the teen's memory and to call for change. Rally organizers said they were not there to question the verdict or demonize George Zimmerman, but to encourage real conversations about race in our communities.
For Katherine Knox and her two year-old son Edson, the case hits very close to home. She says she has genuine terror that one day, her son will be the victim of violence.
"You raise a child, you know that they are sweet and innocent to their core, and you know that the world will perceive them as scary and devious and dangerous" Knox told NEWS CENTER.
Speakers also called for stronger gun control laws during the rally. They also challenged stand-your-ground laws, which generally give people wide latitude to use deadly force when they fear serious bodily harm. Florida has that law, though it was not used in the George Zimmerman defense. There is no such law in Maine.