Americans angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin protest in Los Angeles, California on Sunday (Monday in Manila). A jury in Sanford, Florida found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty of shooting dead Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed teen on the night of February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO

SANFORD, Florida: United States (US) President Barack Obama appealed for restraint on Sunday (Monday in Manila) as thousands marched across the country protesting the acquittal of a man who gunned down an unarmed black teenager.

A Florida jury on Saturday found volunteer watchman George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a racially charged trial that transfixed much of the country for weeks.

Crowds took to the streets to protest the verdict Sunday in cities including Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In New York, several thousand rallied in Times Square waving signs with portraits of Martin, while others wore “hoodie” sweatshirts, despite the searing heat, as the teen did the night he was killed.

“The man was armed, the kid was not, and the man with the gun got away,” said protester Carli VanVoorhis, 21. “If we say it was not a racial issue, we would be lying.”

Despite the large crowds the various marches were largely peaceful, though windows were smashed and cars vandalized in pre-dawn protests in Oakland, California.

Obama, the first black US president, urged Americans to step back and accept the trial verdict.



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    • WHITE PRIDE WORLDWIDE! (or part Latino) Good Job Defense Team. Now let the riots begin and dispatch Natl Guard and Law Enforcement to all Black Neighborhoods-ghettos. Now Blacks get to use this as an excuse to steal from Korean-Owned liquor stores and consumer electronics stores. Typical (N)I()G()G)ers.

    • You wouldn’t have a clue would you, being 11,000 miles away and only reading about it on the internet. The US legal system worked in this case. The 13% of the population who disagrees will demonstrate on the streets, and use this anger as an excuse to loot from businesses and commit other crimes. Don’t believe the hype of the media. Zimmerman was not convicted for murder because there was not enough evidence to prove it. There was only evidence to show that he was in fear for his life so legally DEFENDED his life. Could he have not used the gun? Possibly, but as he was on his back and his assailant was pounding his face in, and reaching for the gun, Zimmerman did what anyone else would have done to save his life.

    • well, sometimes things and events in this world are not always favorable to our hearts… if we could do something about it..go for it … if not..we may have just to move on… they will have their own time sooner or later…