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George Zimmerman trial raises race concerns in U.S.

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FLORIDA (WKOW) – The George Zimmerman murder trial ignited fierce debates about the state of race in the United States long before the not guilty verdict came down.

With George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, many people are asking what all of this means for the future of the civil rights movement in America.

Protests erupted throughout the country outraged by the verdict.

The verdict isn't ending the debate.  Instead, it is forcing a nationwide conversation about race and the justice system in the United States.

Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York says, " I view this decision as an opportunity to hit the reset button and for America to have a real conversation about the intersection between race, the criminal justice system and how and whether young black men are treated differently on account of their color."

Hundreds of thousands of people have already signed online petitions asking the Department of Justice to act.

Some members of Congress see the widespread protests as evidence of why they need to fight harder and re-evaluate some of the laws that already exist.

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