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LA braces for more Trayvon Martin demonstrations

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 01:29

July 17 - Los Angeles prepares for further protests over the court ruling in the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Paul Chapman reports.

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The fallout from the Trayvon Martin court case is refusing to ease off. This protest was in Los Angeles on Tuesday, three days after the man who shot dead the unarmed black teenager was acquitted of all charges. The demonstration passed off peacefully but there've been two nights of public disturbances. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LAWRENCE WARREN, PROTESTER, SAYING: "This is supposed to be a peaceful demonstration and we should respect the wishes of Trayvon's mother and father because they said that they didn't want any violence and so it's not about us, it's about Trayvon, and when we get out here as a black people and do all this looting and fighting and all of that, that's not representing Trayvon in the right way." Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman said he shot Martin self-defence in the California town of Sanford last year. His account was accepted by the jury which cleared him of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday. Civil rights activists and these protesters say Martin was singled out as suspicious because he was black. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TREVOR BRAITHWAIT, PROTESTER, SAYING: "Hopefully we can change the justice system because something was definitely wrong, you know what I mean? The boy went to the store, was walking home, and he got profiled and killed for it." Zimmerman's acquittal has unleashed protests across the U.S. and calls for a review of self-defence legislation.

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LA braces for more Trayvon Martin demonstrations

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 01:29