Protesters marched south on Broadway from Union Square, many carrying signs in support of the slain teenager. At times, the crowd could be heard chanting “No Justice. No Peace.”
The march eventually turned onto E. 9th Street toward 4th Avenue.
The demonstrators were able to march past this barrier.
The protests come a day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin.
The verdict has elicited passionate responses from around the country. President Obama reacted to the verdict with a call for “compassion and understanding in our own communities.” Describing Martin’s death as a “tragedy,” he stated, “we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.”
In addition, the Justice Department announced that it is going to review the Zimmerman case.