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George Zimmerman acquittal stirs protest in California cities

  • A police officer stands guard as demonstrators march on Crenshaw Boulevard near the I-10 freeway during a protest in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO — Protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland blocked traffic and clashed with police in a day of protests in California against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Several people were arrested in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police said they began making arrests early Monday morning after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared.

More than 100 Los Angeles police officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and ordered people to disperse.

Police arrested six people at that and other demonstrations Sunday and early Monday, mostly for failure to disperse and one person for battery on a police officer, officer Norma Eisenman said. She did not have details.

A handful of people also were given citations, mostly for blocking a street or jaywalking, she said.


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