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America gripped by second night of fury over not guilty verdict for neighbourhood watch man who shot black teenager armed only with a bag of Skittles

Posted by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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Protests spread across the country Sunday in a second day of demonstrations in the wake of the sensational not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman after he shot dead unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrations, from Florida where the trial took place to Atlanta, DC and New York, remained largely peaceful, though Los Angeles protesters managed to shut down an entire freeway and thousands of New Yorkers mobbed Times Square and blocked traffic for an hour.

Emotional crowds screamed 'Justice for Trayvon' and carried signs that likened the struggle of the slain teen and his supporters to that of the original civil rights movement.

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Reaction: Throngs of marches gather on Times Square as they listen to a speaker. Protests spread across the country Sunday in a second day of demonstrations in the wake of the sensational not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman

Fever pitch: Activists demand justice for Trayvon Martin after marching to Times Square from New York's Union Square July 14. The march continued uptown toward Harlem as tensions mounted and arrests began

Fever pitch: Activists demand justice for Trayvon Martin after marching to Times Square from New York's Union Square July 14. The march continued uptown toward Harlem as tensions mounted and arrests began

Massive protest: In Times Square on Sunday, thousands rally in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial

Massive protest: In Times Square on Sunday, thousands rally in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial

Solidarity: Protestors chanted 'Justice for Trayvon' into the night at rallies across America, including a gathering of thousands in New York City's Times Square on Sunday night

Solidarity: Protestors chanted 'Justice for Trayvon' into the night at rallies across America, including a gathering of thousands in New York City's Times Square on Sunday night

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Sonia Medina, of Suwanee, Ga., holds a sign while joining a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Flare up: Police try to calm a screaming protestor in Manhattan. Tensions flared as a group of thousands marched toward Harlem late Sunday and arrests began before 11pm

Flare up: Police try to calm a screaming protestor in Manhattan. Tensions flared as a group of thousands marched toward Harlem late Sunday and arrests began before 11pm

'Justice for Trayvon': Protestors of all races and backgrounds swarmed Times Square, angry at the George Zimmerman acquittal. 'Justice for Trayvon' was the night's call to arms

'Justice for Trayvon': Protestors of all races and backgrounds swarmed Times Square, angry at the George Zimmerman acquittal. 'Justice for Trayvon' was the night's call to arms

Enough protestors had gathered on foot in Los Angeles to shut down the city's 10 freeway.

With cars backed up in their wake, the mob chanted their rallying cry: 'Who's streets? Our street, our freeway.'

Police were unable to clear the roadway and allow traffic to pass until around 7pm and photos show a face-to-face clash between cops and protestors on the highway.

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, protestors have had confrontations with police, according to NBC4,  which reports that LAPD has fired rubber bullets into the crowd.

Bean bag rounds were also used to disperse the Los Angeles crowd and police said D cell batteries and rocks had been thrown at them.

As the night began to wear on in the City of Angels, protests became more serious.

Confrontation: Police confront a crowd of demonstrators on the Interstate 10 freeway as they protest

Confrontation: Police confront a crowd of demonstrators on the Interstate 10 freeway as they protest

Pinched: At least one arrest was made in the Los Angeles protests Sunday when demonstrators on foot blocked traffic on a freeway

Pinched: At least one arrest was made in the Los Angeles protests Sunday when demonstrators on foot blocked traffic on a freeway

Dangerous: Los Angeles demonstrators began to block traffic on the Interstate 10 freeway while protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman Sunday

Dangerous: Los Angeles demonstrators began to block traffic on the Interstate 10 freeway while protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman Sunday

Halted: Traffic came to a halt Sunday evening on Los Angeles' I-10 freeway as Trayvon Martin supporters swarmed the road in protest of his killer's acquittal, stopping all traffic

Halted: Traffic came to a halt Sunday evening on Los Angeles' I-10 freeway as Trayvon Martin supporters swarmed the road in protest of his killer's acquittal, stopping all traffic

Blocked: With emotions high and traffic stopped, tensions rose as protestors blocked the Los Angeles freeway

Blocked: With emotions high and traffic stopped, tensions rose as protestors blocked the Los Angeles freeway

Menacing: A police officer takes a defensive, albeit threatening, stance as Trayvon Martin protestors block LA's I-10 freeway Sunday

Menacing: A police officer takes a defensive, albeit threatening, stance as Trayvon Martin protestors block LA's I-10 freeway Sunday

Clash: Police and protestors meet head on as the demonstrators take to a Los Angeles freeway on foot Sunday, blocking all traffic. The I-10 freeway was cleared and reopened by 7pm

Clash: Police and protestors meet head on as the demonstrators take to a Los Angeles freeway on foot Sunday, blocking all traffic. The I-10 freeway was cleared and reopened by 7pm

Police line up against a crowd of demonstrators on the Interstate 10 freeway

Police line up against a crowd of demonstrators on the Interstate 10 freeway

Battle-ready: Police in riot gear convene on the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles Sunday evening as one protestors is arrested

Battle-ready: Police in riot gear convene on the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles Sunday evening as one protestors is arrested

Bold: Many demonstrators in cities across the U.S. demanded 'Justice for Trayvon' as they marched through streets, squares, and in the case of Los Angeles, a major freeway

Bold: Many demonstrators in cities across the U.S. demanded 'Justice for Trayvon' as they marched through streets, squares, and in the case of Los Angeles, a major freeway

Plan: LAPD cuts off Hollywood Blvd from Orange to Highland

Plan: LAPD cuts off Hollywood Blvd from Orange to Highland

An LAPD vehicle and a local news van were surrounded by angry Angelenos.

Some protestors climbed atop cars. Some of the cars were even moving, carrying the demonstrators down city streets toward Hollywood, where people would later fill and block the busy Hollywood and Highland Avenue intersection.

Five hundred chanting demonstrators had gathered in one of the the marches through Los Angeles streets by 10pm.

At New York City's Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan, congregants wore hooded sweatshirts - as the 17-year-old Martin did the night he was shot.

Camaraderie: Trayvon Martin supporters hold a speakers legs as she addresses the formidable crowd that gathered in demonstration Sunday night in Times Square

Camaraderie: Trayvon Martin supporters hold a speakers legs as she addresses the formidable crowd that gathered in demonstration Sunday night in Times Square

Keeping the peace? An officer prevents a man from marching on Times Square, where thousands gathered Sunday to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin

Keeping the peace? An officer prevents a man from marching on Times Square, where thousands gathered Sunday to protest George Zimmerman's acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin

Massive: The crowd of pro-Trayvon Martin protestors swelled in Times Square, where they marched from Union Square on Sunday before continuing uptown

Massive: The crowd of pro-Trayvon Martin protestors swelled in Times Square, where they marched from Union Square on Sunday before continuing uptown

Impressive crowd: A shot from high up shows the Times Square crowds considerable size

Impressive crowd: A shot from high up shows the Times Square crowds considerable size

Peaceful protest: Solange Knowles spoke out in protest over George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict at a gathering in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday

Peaceful protest: Solange Knowles spoke out in protest over George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict at a gathering in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday

Brooklyn: Solange Knowles, held a rally for Trayvon Martin, against the Zimmerman verdict, at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday as other demonstrations raged nationwide

Brooklyn: Solange Knowles, held a rally for Trayvon Martin, against the Zimmerman verdict, at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday as other demonstrations raged nationwide

Armed and ready: LAPD lines up with cars eager to continue their commutes at their back after protestors shut down a freeway Sunday

Armed and ready: LAPD lines up with cars eager to continue their commutes at their back after protestors shut down a freeway Sunday

'I'm sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law,' said congregant Jessica Nacinovich. 'But maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong. There's a lot that needs fixing.'


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by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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ReadWriteLuv
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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Brilliant

Quoting candlegal:


'I'm sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law,' said congregant Jessica Nacinovich. 'But maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong. There's a lot that needs fixing.'




philoboysmommy
by Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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This is just dumb!! There is nothing these people can do!! Get over it!! They didn't even know the damn kid. And don't know the whole story only 3 people do.
greenie63
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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The last sentence sums up what should happen: 

'I'm sure jurors did what they felt was right in accordance with the law,' said congregant Jessica Nacinovich. 'But maybe the law is wrong, maybe society is wrong. There's a lot that needs fixing.'

stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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I think perhaps this "fury" goes far beyond TM.

NerdMom.
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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This whole case is stupid! Sometimes I swear this is all about, money, power and maybe even publicity. I mean seriously? Why the fuck can't people just act like civilized humans?
garnet83
by Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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That's a whole lot of people who clearly have little to no understanding of the law. Apparently, they paid no attention to the evidence either.

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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Because we have the usual race baiters out there stoking and encouraging this.

Quoting NerdMom.:

This whole case is stupid! Sometimes I swear this is all about, money, power and maybe even publicity. I mean seriously? Why the fuck can't people just act like civilized humans?


Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM
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 Good thing we didn't think this way when it came to the British treatment of those living in the American colonies; good thing we didn't think this about those dumb abolitionists; glad we didn't think this way over those stupid women who wanted the vote; and what about the silly Civil Rights people in the early 60's?

Sadly, there were always people like you saying, "Get over it" about injustices. Luckily, there are more of "us" than there are of "you."

And, following your line of "reasoning," we also don't know the many children in this country who get abducted and murdered. Should we also not pay attention to them because we "don't even know the damn kid?"

Apathy.

Quoting philoboysmommy:

This is just dumb!! There is nothing these people can do!! Get over it!! They didn't even know the damn kid. And don't know the whole story only 3 people do.


 

lga1965
by on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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This feels like the 1960's . Racism is still alive in America. We haven't made much progress ..... Sad,isn't it.
The Florida court and the prejudiced citizens have decided to make it legal to shoot a teen in a hoodie,mainly because of how he looked,nothing much else.
This is a sad sad episode in our history.
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gsprofval
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Why isn't the general public this upset about the 4 people needlessly killed in Benghazi? What about the IRS scandal? The NSA stealing all of our information? What about how horrible obamacare is? What about 21 million illegals who shouldn't be here and that the U.S. can't afford? What about securing the boarders?

Those are the real things people should be upset about and should be protesting how horrible the POTUS is and all the illegal things he has done.

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