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Protests following Zimmerman acquittal

A series of demonstrations, protests and rallies have taken place in major cities across the USA following the acquittal of George Zimmerman over the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The unarmed 17-year-old African American was shot dead by Zimmerman, who was charged with second degree murder but found not guilty by a jury of six. The case has raised concerns over the treatment of certain ethnic groups, prompting widespread protests by African American communities who feel frustrated by the outcome of the court case, and see it as symptomatic of the country’s attitudes towards civil equality.

Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Leon McCutchin participates in a candle lit vigil for Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot and killed in Florida last year, on July 15, 2013 in New York City. Protests, marches and vigils have been held since Saturday, when George Zimmerman, who shot Martin, was acquited of all charges brought against him. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
People hold placards and shout slogans during a rally at Leinert Park Los Angeles in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, on July 15, 2013 in California, where local civil rights activists and other leaders urged participants to remain peaceful as they express frustration with the trial's outcome. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Trayvon Martin supporters participate in a protest march on July 15, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin protest in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. Thousands protested in US cities overnight as President Barack Obama appealed for calm following the acquittal in Florida of a man who gunned down an unarmed black teenager. The angry protests highlight simmering racial tensions after a jury found volunteer watchman George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Demonstrators held noisy rallies in US cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit and Chicago. At least six people were arrested in Los Angeles early Monday when riot police broke up an 'unlawful assembly' in Hollywood near the CNN building. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Times Square while blocking traffic after marching from a rally for Martin in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
A man stands on a taxicab blocked by protesters to take pictures as people rally in support of Trayvon Martin in Times Square while blocking traffic in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
A man argues with a police officer as Trayvon Martin supporters march while blocking traffic after a rally for Martin in Union Square in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City. George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting death of Martin July 13 and many protesters questioned the verdict. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
People hold signs during a demonstration in New York on July 14, 2013. Protests were held one day after a US jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, in a racially charged trial that transfixed the country. The trial aroused strong passions among those who believed that Zimmerman -- a volunteer neighborhood watchman whose father is white and whose mother is Peruvian -- racially profiled and stalked Martin, and those convinced he acted in self-defense. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans while marching in Los Angeles in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, on July 15, 2013 in California, where local civil rights activists and other leaders urged participants to remain peaceful as they express frustration with the trial's outcome. (AFP/Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Activists rally in Chicago's South Side for Trayvon Martin in addition to ending gun violence in their own city July 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. On Saturday, a jury in Sanford, Florida found Zimmerman not-guilty in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Since the verdict was announced thousands across the nation have protested the outcome of the case. (Getty Images)
Protests following Zimmerman acquittal
Activists rally in Chicago's South Side for Trayvon Martin in addition to ending gun violence in their own city July 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. On Saturday, a jury in Sanford, Florida found Zimmerman not-guilty in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Since the verdict was announced thousands across the nation have protested the outcome of the case. (Getty Images)