Seventeen arrested at California Trayvon Martin rally: report

Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:29am EDT

1 of 3. Camille Quinones Miller holds a placard as she chants slogans during a march to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Seventeen people were arrested in California late on Wednesday after a protest against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin turned rowdy, according to news reports.

Officers arrested the protesters at a rally in Victorville, 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Eight of those arrested were juveniles, and most of the arrests were made on charges of unlawful assembly, the newspaper reported.

Calls and emails to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Victorville Police Department seeking confirmation of the reports were not immediately returned.

California has seen several nights of mostly peaceful protests over the case, which has divided U.S. opinion on race, gun and self-defense laws.

Protesters see a miscarriage of justice in the verdict reached on Saturday by Florida jurors who found George Zimmerman, the white-Hispanic man who shot Martin, not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

On Monday, police in Los Angeles and Oakland arrested nearly two dozen people after disturbances at protests.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Syanis wrote:
Media keeps saying peaceful protests and such. Over 50 people hurt so far throughout these protests. Tens of thousands of dollars in damage if not hundred’s. Its small scale riot behavior. Nothing peaceful about this, just a bunch of angry people going off hurting and destroying to *protest* which most civilized would call riots.

Jul 18, 2013 3:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrex wrote:
It just blows my mind that anyone can be arrested for “unlawful assembly”… that the phrase “unlawful assembly” exists in a nation that pretends to care about its Constitution and Bill of Rights. Get them on the assaults, the property damage, the public nuisance of blocking highway traffic, the looting and theft that they’re doing “for Trayvon” instead.

Jul 18, 2013 5:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
justinoinroma wrote:
this is the only community in the US that riots, burns, lutes, and pillages when they dont get their way – which if they had gotten their way would have been contrary to justice and law – thus, the total disregard for the rule of law

Jul 18, 2013 5:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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