George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of the African-American youth Trayvon Martin, sparking protests, threats against Zimmerman and the jury, and calls on the government to punish him anyway by filing a civil rights suit against him. (How, if he is legally innocent and protected from “double jeopardy”?) Lots of people don’t abide by the findings of our legal system. Do you? Don’t we really have to?
Angry crowds gathered in major cities across the country late last night following the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
The demonstrators carried signs and gathered en masse from New York to Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Though the marches were largely non-violent, police assembled close by to monitor activity – fearful strong reactions to the verdict could spill over into rioting.
In Oakland, California, long a hotbed of racial tension, some protestors turned violent – vandalizing police cars, breaking windows and setting fire to garbage cans.
One photo from the protests in the city shows men dousing a flag in lighter fluid and setting it alight.
More demonstrations are planned today under the banner of ‘Justice 4 Trayvon.’ At least three separate protests are scheduled for New York City alone – one in lower Manhattan, one in Harlem an a third in Brooklyn.