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Rallies Large and Small Follow Zimmerman Verdict

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against a Florida verdict acquitting George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Protests and vigils are being held around the country

Participants are decrying a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched into Times Square on Sunday night, chanting "Justice for! Trayvon Martin!"

Earlier In Manhattan on Sunday, Rev. Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church wore a pink hooded sweatshirt and told her congregation, “We’re going to raise our voices against the root causes of this kind of tragedy.”

In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched from LOVE Park to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Martin's name and "No justice, no peace."

In Florida, about 200 demonstrators marched in Tallahassee carrying signs that said “Racism is Not Dead” and “Who’s Next?” And more than 200 people gathered for a vigil in Miami. One poster read: "Don't worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans."

About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago, saying the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States.

In San Francisco and Los Angeles, where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds, police closed streets.

After the verdict, some angry protesters in Oakland, Calif., broke windows, burned flags and started small street fires.


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