BRIDGEPORT - Demonstrators gathered Tuesday evening in Bridgeport to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The peaceful rally was held at the federal courthouse on Lafayette Boulevard.

The demonstrators say that Zimmerman got away with cold-blooded murder and should have been brought to justice. The group hopes that the federal government will open a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

Protesters argue Zimmerman profiled and killed the teen because he was black. As previously reported by News 12, in court, under Florida's 'Stand Your Ground Law' it was determined Zimmerman was within his right for what he did. 

A jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday.

Demonstrators will hold another rally Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Bridgeport at McClevy Green.