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Trayvon Martin rallies spur vandalism, arrests




Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
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Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
Police officers arrest protestors in Leimert Park on July 15th, 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
Police officers tell protestors to disperse at the intersection of 11th and Vernon St. in Leimert Park on July 15th, 2013.
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Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
Police officers line up on Vernon St. in Leimert Park to take 13 arrested protestors to jail.
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Police officers arrested 13 protestors in Leimert Park after a rally for Trayvon Martin escalated on July 15th, 2013.
Police officers arrest protestors in Leimert Park on July 15th, 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC


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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.