The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of an unarmed teen last year has touched off mostly peaceful demonstrations large and small across the country, with protesters calling the verdict a miscarriage of justice.
Church services and street protests ranging from a few dozen to hundreds of people on Sunday decried the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as a tragedy made worse by a flawed verdict.
In New York City protesters at a massive gathering in Union Square hoisted placards bearing Martin’s picture. In the Florida city where the trial took place teens wearing shirts bearing his picture attended a youth service.
Sunday’s protests were largely peaceful. But in Oakland, Calif. one demonstration ended in vandalism in the hours after Saturday’s verdict. Another protest in Los Angeles was broken up by police firing beanbag rounds.
Riots follow Zimmerman verdict
Because of a series of Twitter posts threatening riots if Zimmerman was acquitted, many Americans were worried that massive violence would break out in the streets of America. And they apparently had every right to be worried.
Early Sunday morning, Paul Joseph Watson broke the story on Infowars.com of riots taking place in the streets of Oakland.
“Civil unrest is beginning to hit US streets following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, with demonstrators smashing windows, attacking police cars, overturning dumpsters and setting fires in downtown Oakland,” wrote Watson.
The article also shows a series of images posted on Twitter, showing windows being broken, police cars being spray painted, and even flags being burned. One person ‘tweeted’ “I would classify this as a ‘symbolic’ protest. The flag just got burned at the McDonald’s on 14th St in Oakland”
A video also emerged on YouTube this morning that the up-loader claimed was footage of Zimmerman-related riots in Downtown Miami. That video, however, was later proven to be fake.