Zimmerman Protests Get Tense in LA

Arrests made there and in NYC, too

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 15, 2013 12:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Anger at the acquittal of George Zimmerman sparked protests in cities in towns across the US, ranging in size from a few dozen people to thousands. Most protests remained peaceful, but windows were smashed at a demonstration in Oakland and a few groups of protesters split from the main march in Los Angeles to clash with police, the Los Angeles Times reports. About 80 eventually gathered outside the CNN building in Hollywood, defying orders to disperse. The LAPD made at least seven arrests during the day.

In New York City, a rally to protest the verdict turned into an unplanned parade to Times Square that drew in thousands of people, the New York Times reports. Police made seven arrests late at night after some protesters started throwing bottles. Protests also took place in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Detroit, and other cities, reports CNN. The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for more protests, but urged demonstrators to remain peaceful. "Let no act discredit the legacy of Trayvon Martin. In the long run, we will prevail in the struggle for justice," he said. "Any act of violence could serve to undermine the innocent blood and moral authority of Trayvon."

Thousands of demonstrators protest in Los Angeles the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Thousands of demonstrators protest in Los Angeles the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Police officers wait for demonstrators to arrive on Crenshaw Boulevard near the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles.
Police officers wait for demonstrators to arrive on Crenshaw Boulevard near the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Demonstrators march on the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Coliseum Street in Los Angeles.
Demonstrators march on the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Coliseum Street in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A cut out picture of Trayvon Martin is held aloft by marchers on Times Square.
A cut out picture of Trayvon Martin is held aloft by marchers on Times Square.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Demonstrators enter Times Square during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martiin.
Demonstrators enter Times Square during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martiin.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A demonstrator chants during a march in New York.
A demonstrator chants during a march in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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