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article image14 arrests in protests over George Zimmerman verdict in L.A.

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 16, 2013 in Crime
What started as a peaceful protest in L.A. on Monday night over the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial turned into some ugly scenes. Most protesters stayed peaceful but some went on a spree of damaging property and blocking freeway traffic.
The Associated Press wrote that on the third night of protests since the verdict, protestors "ran through Los Angeles streets Monday night, breaking windows, attacking people on sidewalks and at one point raiding a Wal-Mart store, while others blocked a major freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area."
L.A. police chief vows to stop violence
Over 300 Los Angeles Police Department officers were part of containing the protests and L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck told a hastily-called news conference that such behaviour on subsequent nights "will not be allowed to continue."
While hundreds initially protested peacefully in an area southwest of the city's downtown, a large group, as many as 150, broke away from those peaceful protests to begin assaulting parts of the city.
Protesters are unhappy with George Zimmerman being found not guilty in Sanford, Fla., of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin.
The L.A. Times put the number of arrests at 14.
Protests in the city of Oakland also became violent with windows being broken, fires lit and a waiter was punched after trying to stop windows at his restaurant from being smashed. Some protesters threw objects at police who tried to restore calm.
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