Demonstrations in support of Trayvon Martin grew in both size and intensity Sunday night as protesters in some of America’s largest cities continued expressing their anger at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
After the not guilty verdict was returned by the jury in the trial of George Zimmerman, spontaneous protest marches were staged overnight in many of the major cities in the US, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington and Atlanta.
Civil rights activists and community leaders, fearing outbreaks of violence, appealed to the citizenry for calm, and Trayvon Martin’s parents, who have long called for non-violent demonstrations, added their voice to those requests.
In Denver, Several hundred people attended a rally in front of the Martin Luther King memorial in City Park. Representative Angela Williams (D-Denver) said, “We are here to pray and we are hear to stand for justice.”
In California, a protest in South Los Angeles resulted in the arrest of at least one person when police and protestors clashed on Sunday night. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said demonstrators “demonstrator threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police responded by firing less-than-lethal rounds at the demonstrators.”
Demonstrators in the Mid-City area were also responsible for blocking traffic on the 10 Freeway. No arrests were made, and according to authorities no one was hurt. Sources report that a “splinter group of a larger protest walked down an onramp to the 10 Freeway and stood mostly in the eastbound lanes.” Photos of the protest showed both sides of the 10 Freeway blocked and demonstrators milling about on the freeway.
Although protests in Oakland turned violent on Saturday, nearly all of Sunday’s protests were peaceful while still being emotionally charged.
Thousands of demonstrators marched from Union Square in New York City to the tourist-heavy Times Square Sunday night, slowing and in some cases halting traffic.
You can also watch the protests in New York City and see more photos from the Los Angeles protests here.
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