Hollywood star Jamie Foxx expressed his support for the family of black teenager Trayvon Martin, after George Zimmerman was acquitted over his death. Foxx addressed the issue at Comic-Con in San Diego.
According to the Washington Times, the actor met the teen's mother Sybrina Fulton at an awards show. He said: “She’s always been courageous in saying this has never been about race. She said it’s about 17-year-old kids. We have to protect our kids. So I stand with her forever.
“There’s something wrong when a 17-year-old child is on his way home and someone with a gun pursues him and he ends up losing his life".
Protests have been held in more than 100 US cities against the acquittal of George Zimmerman over the death of black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Around 2,000 protesters took to the streets of New York in honour of Trayvon Martin, led by the slain teenager's mother.
Sybrina Fulton told the crowd, "Trayvon was a child. I think sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle because as I sat in the courtroom, it made me think they were talking about another man. And it wasn't. It was a child."
She was joined at the event by Beyonce and her husband Jay Z, along with New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton.
Hundreds of people have taken to the street of Los Angeles to honour Trayvon Martin as rallies take place across the US following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who killed the teenager.
Chants of "no justice, no peace!" broke out occasionally during the peaceful gathering outside a federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
"We've got to stop our children getting cut down at an early age," Pastor William Smart, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said.
Trayvon Martin's father Tracy told a crowd at a vigil in Miami that he would fight for justice for his son 'until the day I die'.
Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton spoke at a rally in New York today in honour of her son, a week after the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
She told the crowd: "Trayvon may not have been perfect, but he was mine."
Around 200 people cheered as rapper Jay-Z and his wife, singer Beyonce, took the stage in New York where Trayvon Martin's mother, was expected to speak later.
Some hoisted signs at the rally that read "Boycott Florida" and many wore T-shirts with a photo image of Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
"I've got four beautiful daughters. I want them to look forward rather than behind their backs," said Harlem resident Maria Lopez, 31, who attended the rally with her children.
Trayvon Martin's parents joined celebrities and hundreds of protesters in rallies across the country to express anger over the acquittal of the man who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager.
Singing the civil rights protest song "We Shall Overcome," a crowd gathered around Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, in Miami exactly one week after George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the incident, where the 17-year-old Martin was shot through the heart.
The parents of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin are due to lead peaceful protests in New York and Miami today as rallies are held in more than 100 cities across America against the acquittal of the man who shot and killed him.
The demonstrations outside federal court buildings and police headquarters were set to take place exactly one week after a jury in central Florida acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Rallies have continued to have been held across America after George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Mr Zimmerman said the fatal shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old in February last year was an act of self-defence.