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Supporters of Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman demonstrate in front of the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center as they wait for the verdict to be announced in the George Zimmerman murder trial on July 13, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. The jury found Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, not guilty in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.
Demonstrators vowed to return to the streets in cities across the U.S. Sunday, in protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman. In Los Angeles, rallies were being planned for Leimert Park and Mariachi Plaza, among other places.
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Update 3:20 p.m.: NPR asks: What do you tell your kids?
Following the announcement that George Zimmerman had been acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, NPR's "CodeSwitch" blog took to twitter to ask what parents would tell their children about the verdict.
Did anyone watch the verdict with their children? What did you say to them? What did they say you? #ZimmermanTrial— Gene Demby (G.D.) (@GeeDee215) July 14, 2013
The result? A fascinating discussion about the role of race and the job of parenting. You can see their collection of responses here.
Update 1:55 p.m.: Justice Department to review Zimmerman case
The Associated Press and other media outlets report that the Justice Department will look into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.
The department opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed.
In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department said the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.
Update 1:48 p.m.: Reporter allegedly injured by police bean-bag in LA protest
At least one person was injured in Saturday night's protests of the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder case.
KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta says she was hit by a police bean bag when she attended a rally in L.A.'s Leimert Park.
Turns out I was hit by a bean bag. pic.twitter.com/K7KY45gpDH— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) July 14, 2013
The Daily Breeze reports LAPD could not confirm that beanbags were fired as of Sunday afternoon. The Breeze adds:
Ironically, Peschiutta was out with friends celebrating her birthday in Highland Park, she said, when she and some of her colleagues decided to check out the protest.
Footage posted to Youtube appeared to capture the incident.
More protests are expected at Leimert Park and elsewhere Sunday evening.
Protesters of Zimmerman acquittal march in Oakland, SF, LA
Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires Oakland, police said.
The gatherings Saturday night ranged from a few dozen to a couple hundred people turning out to protest the verdict in the Florida courtroom over the death of Trayvon Martin, and police said some of the demonstrations continued into the early hours Sunday.
In Los Angeles, about 200 protesters gathered in Leimert Park, the city's historically black neighborhood. for what police termed a peaceful vigil.
City News Service said that at one point a smaller group stopped an Expo Line train as police urged them to return to the nearby park. But police couldn't immediately confirm that report.
Lt. Andy Neiman of the LAPD Media Relations Department said another group of 50 to 100 demonstrators started marching around midnight.
"There was a period where crowds were running among vehicles, but police dissuaded them," he said.
Neiman said he knew of no arrests.
Officials said police called in officers from around the city to keep a watch on demonstrators.
The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested, with some in the crowd breaking windows on businesses and starting small fires in the streets. As the protest wound down with the crowd dispersing, the office said that as of 2 a.m. PDT it had no word of any arrests.
Local media reports said some Oakland marchers vandalized a police squad car and police formed a line to block the protesters' path.
The Oakland Tribune said some windows on the newspaper's downtown offices were broken, and footage from a television helicopter show people attempting to start fires in the street and spray painting anti-police graffiti.
KQED's Newsfix blog published a video collection of the response in Oakland:
Protesters also reportedly burned an American and a California state flag and spray painted Alameda County's Davidson courthouse.
The Oakland demonstration followed a raucous but largely peaceful one in San Francisco. Police say officers escorted demonstrators as they marched on the city's Mission District. The group was dispersed by 10 p.m.
More than 40 people gathered at Sacramento City Hall, and the Sacramento Bee reported that protesters chanted: "What do we want? Justice. When do you we want it? Now. For who? Trayvon."
A banner behind speakers read, "No justice, no peace!"