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article imageProtests over Zimmerman verdict get violent in LA

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 16, 2013 in World
Los Angeles - Protests in LA turned violent last night when a group of demonstrators began to attack bystanders, nearby cars, and a nearby Wal-Mart store.
The protests were largely peaceful before a smaller group broke off and began to cause the trouble.
The LAPD gave an estimate of 80 to 150 people causing the disturbance, and vowed that it wouldn't allow vigilantes to abuse the law, with more than 300 police officers called to deal with the violent protesters.
At one point some of the protesters entered a Wal-Mart store and began throwing products to the ground and vandalising the store before they were chased out by security guards.
Protesters were also reported elsewhere in California, with demonstrators in Oakland blocking all lanes of interstate 880 during rush hour. The demonstrators were eventually diverted by the police, who made no arrests at the scene.
The not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman over the killing of Trayvon Martin has outraged many in America, especially amongst the African American community, with community leaders calling for a civil rights trial against Zimmerman.
The majority of protests against the verdict have largely been peaceful so far.
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