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www.wmfd.com - Crowds of people are taking to the streets in rallies all over the country, protesting after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. }}" />

   
 
 
Nationwide Protests Follow Verdict In George Zimmerman Trial

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 7/15/2013

  Crowds of people are taking to the streets in rallies all over the country.   They're protesting after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.   Andrew Spencer reports most demonstrations have been peaceful.   From New York to Seattle and Los Angeles to Sanford, Florida, protests all over the country followed this weekend's verdict.   Some people wore hoodies, others held posters with Trayvon Martin's face, demanding justice and trying to honor the Florida teenager who was killed last year.   Civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson, told CNN the protests like this are inevitable.   "But they must ve carried out with dignity and discipline and let no act discredit the legacy of Trayvon Martin on the appeal of his family," says Jackson, "because in the long run, we will prevail in the struggle for justice."   And most demonstrations were peaceful, like one in San Francisco and others in Denver, Detroit and Baltimore.   But as the night went on, a handful of protests did turn sour.   Police in Los Angeles declared a "tactical alert."   CNN affiliate KABC reported one group of protesters threw rocks at officers, who responded by firing beanbag rounds.   In Oakland, protesters angry with the American justice system standing below one American flag while burning another.   The legal fight isn't over for George Zimmerman, who could possibly face federal civil rights charges and a civil lawsuit in Trayvon Martin's death.   "I'm wearing my hoodie as a symbol to all of those who have supported us: the millions of followers that we've had who brought George Zimmerman to the arrest, who brought him to meet a jury of his peers," says Jasmine Rand, an attorney for the Martin family.   That jury found Zimmerman not guilty, but still many protesters stood in the streets chanting no justice, no peace."
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