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Kevin Carter, right, holds a megaphone late Saturday on the steps of City Hall with a group of more than 40 people who gathered to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Sacramento protest today over George Zimmerman acquittal

Published: Saturday, Jul. 13, 2013 - 11:41 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 14, 2013 - 11:44 pm

More protests of George Zimmerman's acquittal are expected today, including one at 12:30 p.m. at the federal courthouse on I Street in downtown Sacramento.

About 40 people protested at Sacramento City Hall Saturday night shortly after a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman argued that he acted in self defense.

Occupy Sacramento, which organized Saturday night's protest, said on its Facebook page that it would hold another one today at the courthouse. Additional protests are expected around California.

On Saturday night, protesters also took the streets in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco following the verdict. The demonstrations were largely peaceful but there were small street fires and broken windows in Oakland.

In Los Angeles, police officers were put on tactical alert, but there were no reports of any arrests. Police in San Francisco escorted protesters as they marched on the city's Mission District.

Protests were expected again today in the three cities as well as in San Diego.

On Saturday night, Sacramento protesters spoke on City Hall's steps in between chants from the crowd: "What do we want? Justice. When do you we want it? Now. For who? Trayvon."

A banner behind speakers read, "No justice, no peace!"

"I was stunned. I was very disturbed," said Tommy Brown, 26, of Sacramento. During his speech, he said, "I didn't see (Zimmerman) stand up and make an apology. I didn't see any tears. I didn't see any emotion."

He said the country needs to educate its youth to move forward.

"Had Zimmerman approached Martin as a mentor in a positive manner, it could have been a different situation," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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