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Trayvon Martin rallies spur vandalism, arrests

by Take Two

Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013. Mae Ryan/KPCC

Fourteen people were arrested last night after a peaceful protest turned violent in South L.A. Demonstrators in Leimert Park had been protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, but a smaller group broke away from the gathering and went on to break windows and stomp on cars. 

The Zimmerman verdict also sparked unruly demonstrations in Oakland. Protestors there briefly blocked a freeway, spray painted graffiti, burned an American flag and set off illegal fireworks. 

Meanwhile, there have been no such violent outbursts in Sanford Florida, where Trayvon Martin was fatally shot. 

KPCC's Erika Aguilar joins the show with an update on the latest, and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, who represents the Crenshaw area, and has been among the many official voices urging calm. 

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