Monday, July 15, 2013

Protesters of Zimmerman acquittal march in Calif.

Jason Redmond / Reuters

A protester in support of Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles after the acquittal of George Zimmerman late Saturday.

By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News

Trayvon Martin supporters, many dressed in hoodies, are demonstrating their anger at the acquittal of George Zimmerman through mostly peaceful protests from coast to coast.

About 200 people marched down Mission Street in San Francisco on Saturday night at 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) carrying yellow signs that said ?the whole system is racist? and ?the people say guilty,? reported.

MSNBC's Craig Melvin reports from outside the Sanford court house, which has been peaceful with the exception of some chants of "no justice, no peace" and "the system failed us." Aerial footage in San Francisco shows a march seemingly in protest of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial

A large protest in New York is was scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in Union Square and there are dozens of other protests planned around the country throughout the day.

Saturday night?s march in San Francisco dispersed peacefully a little after 10 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET), but a similar protest in downtown Oakland ended with numerous buildings and cars being vandalized and protesters setting random fires, reported.

The verdict also sparked protests in Los Angeles, where police said about 200 demonstrators gathered in Leimert Park, the AP said.

The Sacramento Bee reported that protesters in the California capital chanted: "What do we want? Justice. When do you we want it? Now. For who? Trayvon."

Local churches across the country were also organizing rallies and urging supporters to wear hoodies in honor of Martin, who was wearing a black hoodie when Zimmerman shot him in the chest on Feb. 26, 2012.

George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation.



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