Upon learning of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, citizens have been taking to the streets to show their displeasure with the verdict all over the United States. Many peaceful rallies were put together today and people have been assemblying from Boston all the way to LA and many cities in between with no reported incidents.
However, New York City Police and LA Police seem to be having issues with the marching taking place as they have been arresting the marchers and even firing into crowds with either rubber bullets or bean bags in Los Angeles.
According to NBC Los Angeles, protesters marched onto the eastbound Interstate 10 near Arlington Avenue (map) on Sunday, shutting down the freeway for nearly an hour and leading to confrontations with police, authorities said.
Said LAPD Commander Andrew Smith ,
“Officers fired bean bags at protesters after some people threw bottles and other objects at officers.”
The mob was cleared from the roadway by about 7 p.m., when LAPD officers began firing rubber bullets, protesters said.
Jasmyne Cannick, tweeted photos of the protesters. She and an attorney were observing the rally when she said,
“Several people were struck by bean bags in a shopping center near 10th Avenue and Washington Boulevard in Mid-City. They’re in pain and I don’t know what’s going to happen to them.”
She reported that protesters seemed confused and panicked once officers began firing the bean bags at them from multiple sides.
On New York’s Upper East Side arrest’s were made of protesters which is shown in the video below.
Marches will continue throughput the evening. The Urban Daily will keep this story updated as information becomes available.
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