Zimmerman verdict: Marchers confront LAPD officers on Crenshaw

Zimmerman verdict: Marchers confront LAPD officers on Crenshaw
Gwen Lewis protesting in Leimert Park on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles on Monday evening. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

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People protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case were confronting lines of Los Angeles police officers Monday evening along Crenshaw Boulevard.

The protesters, some of them waving signs and others on bikes, kicked storefronts and swarmed oncoming vehicles, according to news footage televised on KCAL-TV Channel 9. Other protesters appeared to be chasing after bystanders and trying to scuffle with them.


The footage showed protesters facing off with Los Angeles Police Department officers wearing helmets and holding batons along Crenshaw.

LAPD Lt. Andy Nieman told the news station that some people were engaging in "lawless activity" along the boulevard. "We got a tough job on our hands tonight," he said.

[Updated 8:41 p.m., July 15: At least one person was arrested, Nieman said.]

Zimmerman, 29, was acquitted Saturday in Florida of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon, 17.

The verdict has sparked protests across the county and led to arrests over the weekend in Oakland and Los Angeles.

On Monday evening, dozens of protesters gathered in Leimert Park for a vigil in support of Trayvon.

As James Brown music played, some danced and others wore shirts that read "Justice for Trayvon Martin." One man held up another shirt that showed Zimmerman with the words "Wanted Dead or Alive" with the last word crossed out.

The group broke up as a number of marchers moved along Crenshaw Boulevard chanting "No justice, No Peace."

Nearby, Los Angeles Police Department Patrols cars watched from distance, while a police helicopter flew overhead.