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Sunday, Jul 14 2013 12:01 PM

Rallies against Zimmerman verdict being held in US

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    By AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

    A demonstrator protests in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, a day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer.

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    By Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO US/ZUMAPRESS.com

    Hundreds gather in Dudley Square in Boston to protest the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

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    By AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

    Thousands of demonstrators protest in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer.

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    By Joe Burbank

    George Zimmerman, right, is congratulated by his defense team including Don West, left, and Lorna Truett after being found not guilty on the 25th day of Zimmerman's trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center on Saturday. Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012.

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BY VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Protesters were expected to take to the streets against Sunday after largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Rallies were planned in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco, a day after Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the February 2012 death of Martin.

Spokesmen for Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff's Office said Sunday that there had been no incidents or demonstrations in Bakersfield, as a result of Zimmerman's acquittal.

Gatherings in other cities on Saturday night ranged from a few dozen to a couple hundred people. In Oakland, protesters broke windows at the Oakland Tribune and started small fires in the streets. Local media reports said some Oakland marchers vandalized a police squad car and police formed a line to block the protesters' path.

Footage from a television helicopter showed people spray painting anti-police graffiti. Protesters also burned an American and a California state flag and spray painted Alameda County's Davidson courthouse, according to the Oakland Tribune.

The Oakland demonstration followed a raucous but largely peaceful rally in San Francisco. Police say officers escorted demonstrators as they marched on the city's Mission District. The group was dispersed by 10 p.m.

The verdict also sparked protests in Los Angeles, where demonstrators gathered in Leimert Park, the city's historically black neighborhood. Police were put on tactical alert, but there were no reports of any arrests.

More than 40 people gathered at Sacramento City Hall, and the Sacramento Bee reported that protesters chanted: "What do we want? Justice. When do you we want it? Now. For who? Trayvon."

A banner behind speakers read, "No justice, no peace!"

--Staff Writer Theo Douglas contributed to this report

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