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Zimmerman Protesters Block Freeway, Clash with LAPD

July 15, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KTLA.
Screenshot via KTLA.
The Los Angeles Police Department called a citywide tactical alert Sunday, after protesters of the George Zimmerman verdict blocked the Santa Monica (10) Freeway.

Demonstrators carrying a large picture of Trayvon Martin entered the eastbound lanes near the Crenshaw on-ramp in the Mid-City area, as LAPD and California Highway Patrol crowd control officers formed a riot line.

Officers fired less-lethal beanbag rounds at the crowd after they were struck by rocks and batteries, reports the Los Angeles Times. Several protesters were arrested after they brought traffic to a standstill for about 20 minutes, reports KTLA.

In Oakland, protesters took to the streets Saturday night following a Florida verdict that acquitted Zimmerman of murdering Martin, reports the Oakland Tribune. A BART police car was reportedly spray painted and had its windows smashed.

Protests were peaceful in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman fatally shot Martin at a gated community on Feb. 26, 2012. Seminole County Sheriff's patrol vehicles blocked access to the courthouse, redirecting protesters following the verdict, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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[email protected] @ 7/15/2013 3:59 PM

I got to say, Martins family did request that there be no demonstrations. So much for respecting their wishes and proving once again that if they (Blacks) don't get their way they'll block streets, tie up traffic and impede emergency vehicles from getting to the injured. And no, I am no racist, just a tired old man who remembers the Rev. King and his plea for a level playing field, not special treatment. Blues, stay safe.

john @ 7/15/2013 3:59 PM

Protests were peaceful in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman fatally shot Martin at a gated community on Feb. 26, 2012.

lol.. that just shows you all the monkeys live in la

Tom Ret @ 7/15/2013 4:14 PM

The AG for Florida should be disbarred for withholding exculpatory evidence among other things. I about choked on my coffee when I heard one prosecutor in this trial tell the jury that Zimmerman wanted to be a cop so he could go out and kill people. This prosecution was such a political railroad job it was pathetic to watch. The lame street media has attempted to portray this incident as racist from the get go even if that meant taking statements out of context or hiding or ignoring Martin's previous behavior and crimes. The race baiters are in full swing
trying to stir the pot and morons like these protestors bought their BS hook line and sinker.

Tremayne Jefferson @ 7/15/2013 4:16 PM

Thank heaven for the jury system. The jury saw the truth, despite criminal lawbreaking by the prosecution and judge in this racially-motivated persecution. The jury meted out justice and was not swayed by the crooked appeals to emotion by the prosecution. The protesters are just as much thugs as was Trayvon Martin, a juvenile delinquent, thief, drug user, probably drug dealer, and veteran of much violence and many fights of which he bragged.

Dannie Gibbs @ 7/15/2013 4:17 PM

Al Sharpton should be charged with incitement to riot, as should B. Obama. It was disgusting beyond words to see Obama inject himself and his race-mongering into this matter at the beginning of the case.

Dave @ 7/15/2013 4:17 PM

Animals, and losers,,GO HOME,,,smoke some more free Obama dope

Capt. Crunch @ 7/15/2013 4:27 PM

So I guess the next time a police officer wants to arrest an African American he/she has to get permission from the NAACP. I hope Zimmerson, counter sues these guys and makes a lot of money and teach them a lesson. Pres. Obama, should be ashame of himself.

J.Brown @ 7/15/2013 5:45 PM

The minorities will tell us what the law says/is. If the verdict isn't the one they want they riot. Perhaps minorities will be better served in their home country or one that will tolerate their lack of manners and understanding of what make America the country of choice for millions of people. While I'm at it drop the hyphen or leave.

R. Hillsman, M.D. @ 7/16/2013 2:30 AM

Anyone on this site know if what was reported on other LEO sites is correct in that they stated the HOA G. Zimmerman was N. Watch leader settled with TM family for 1 M $$ ??

Mike @ 7/16/2013 3:36 AM

Well said, must read

Greg @ 7/16/2013 4:43 AM

The Oakland police ran like bunnies leaving the mob to control the streets and leaving citizens in their cars to deal with these thugs. Sure made me proud.

Martin's family is going to make a fortune and develop a new job...parents of saint and civil rights icon....kidn've like another family did.

Why isn't the black panther Shabazz in jail for his racist rants and threats to white voters? Oh yeah, Holder dropped the case, you can't be racist against whites.

jay @ 7/16/2013 2:14 PM

sad situation for both subjects involved. GZ should have listened TM should have put his ego aside and no of this would be a black or white issue. however for the klansmen on this site. take a good look at the furture of this country.

Todd bone @ 7/18/2013 11:29 AM

It's sad when Eric holder and dumb ass Obama have taken our nation back 50 years. They are nothing but shit starters. Be glad when dumb ass is out of the White House and his duck sucking buddy holder no longer are able to hurt this nation anymore. There is more black on white crimes but nothing is every said.

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