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