New Orleans was one of 100 cities across the country in which "Justice for Trayvon" events were to be held this weekend, to protest the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
The New Orleans vigil was held Saturday morning on the steps of the federal courthouse in the 500 block of Poydras Street.
NAACP New Orleans President Danatus King says the purpose was to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the case and consider bringing federal charges.
At the New Orleans rally, La’Monte Johnson shared some of his experiences with a reporter for the Associated Press.
The California native said he’s been stopped multiple times by police and handcuffed “because I fit the description of someone they were looking for,” though he noted charges were never filed against him.
“You can be the greatest black guy around, but you can’t get away from it,” he said. “You’re not equal.”