Protests continued for a fourth straight night on Tuesday following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had been on trial for the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. There are no reports of unrest.
Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, the ANSWER Coalition, staged a protest that began at Los Angeles City Hall. About 100 protesters then formed picket lines and began marching down the street.
Jacquis Jackson, 28, was one of the protesters outside Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday evening. She feels frustrated by the system and says the gathering is a way for her and others to vent.
"I'm here to show my support (for the Martin family) and my concern for the situation," Jackson said. "But honestly, I don't really know that it's going to help. I hope it will, but I don't think so."
Meanwhile, Occupy LA called for a "bike bloc" at Leimert Park, asking protesters to arrive on their bikes wearing hoodies, which Martin was wearing the night he was killed.
There were about 100 more protesters at the park in the historically black neighborhood, which saw a heavy police presence following the vandalism and assaults in the area Monday night.
Community activists and city leaders had earlier called on Angelenos to stage peaceful protests.
“The Trayvon Martin case has ignited passion not just here in Los Angeles but throughout this country,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday afternoon. “But it will not ignite this city.”
"Picket line" forming down Spring St. sidewalk outside city hall pic.twitter.com/fPKpIUMMzH— Rina911 (@KPCCrina911) July 17, 2013
No action from LAPD; lots of support honks pic.twitter.com/NtOpktsp2E— Rina911 (@KPCCrina911) July 17, 2013
Protest back to city hall pic.twitter.com/ENRcRxOMOs— Rina911 (@KPCCrina911) July 17, 2013