Trayvon Protesters Raid LA Walmart
LAPD promises crackdown after protest turns violent
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 4:17 AM CDT
A protester stomps on a van during a demonstration in Los Angeles yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Police in Los Angeles made at least 13 arrests and the city's new mayor appealed for calm after protests over the George Zimmerman verdict turned violent last night, with demonstrators breaking windows, attacking passers-by, and jumping on cars. More than 300 LAPD officers swarmed the city's Crenshaw District after a group of around 150 people broke off from a peaceful demonstration to cause havoc, reports the New York Times. A Walmart store was raided and a TV reporter and his cameraman were among those attacked.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says his officers will be taking a more aggressive approach to protests starting today, the Los Angeles Times reports. "This will not be allowed to continue," he said. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who cut short a trip to the East Coast because of the protests, praised the "overwhelming majority" of protesters who remained peaceful and urged others to respect Trayvon Martin's family's call for peace. Further north in Oakland, at least six protesters were arrested for vandalism and assault after protesters briefly blocked a major freeway, the AP reports.

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Jul 21, 2013 7:27 PM CDT
Honoring the Martin family by destroying people's property who had nothing to do with anything. You cowardly rioters just look for an excuse to be disruptive. What upstanding citizens you are. You have something to brag to your kids now.
Jul 17, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
Stealing to "honor" Martin? Wow - how civilized! Crackers - Hard, salty, light brown, sometimes Native Americans, & right (in so many ways)
Jul 17, 2013 12:30 PM CDT
When i believe in something, I protest but I don't destroy property or physically hurt others. I strongly believe Zimmerman was in the wrong and I'm angry he was let off the hook but C'MON PEOPLE! WTF, you are degrading Trayvon with such ignorant actions! Dear people who caused harm to others in this protest, educate yourselves on how to positively and effectively fight for what you believe in or the lack of justice you feel for Trayvon. Give back to this world, protest the Florida law, gather people to help change it, do everything you can positively to make a change but for fcks sake, don't hurt other people or destroy property!