Protests in response to the acquittal of
People marching through Oakland broke windows, spray painted cars and buildings and attempted to start fires, according to The Oakland Tribune. Footage from television helicopters caught demonstrators vandalizing a police squad car, the newspaper reported.
Demonstrations against the verdict were taking place across the country Saturday night.
Zimmerman's shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a confrontation in Florida last year touched off a national debate about race and guns.
The jury of six women returned the verdict Saturday evening after more than 16 hours of deliberation over two days. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury had the option of finding him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
In Los Angeles, demonstrators gathered in Leimert Park. There have been no reports of protests getting out of hand. The LAPD went on a tactical alert Saturday night to keep officers on duty.