Nutter responds to Trayvon Martin case in TIME Magazine

A demonstrator wears a hoodie during a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Mayor Nutter is calling on all Americans to put an end to urban violence in response to the Trayvon Martin case in the latest issue of TIME Magazine.

"Every death is a tragedy in this nation, whether in Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Florida. We have all suffered a great tragedy with the death of Trayvon Martin," Nutter wrote. "But Trayvon's story is only the latest in our epidemic of violence, compounded by race, that must be addressed in America."

Shortly after neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman's aquittal in the fatal shooting of Martin in Sanford, Fl., over the weekend, Nutter released a statement expressing he was "deeply saddened" by the verdict. Cities throughout the country reacted. Protests and rallies erupted in Philadelphia and elsewhere. 

In his essay in TIME, Nutter said African-American males are "so disproportionately both the victims and the perpetrators of violence...," adding "that epidemic is rarely part of any national conversation."

Nutter wrote that he and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu are leading the charge in an effort called Cities United which is focused on reducing violence among African-American males.

Check out Nutter's essay in TIME Magazine here