NEW YORK, July 15. /ITAR-TASS reporter Daniil Studnev/. Peaceful demonstrations of the African-American population in the U.S., outraged by the acquitted of 29-year-old George Zimmerman, are gradually outgrowing into clashes with local police.
New York: 20 arrested
In New York, the police arrested about 20 aggressive citizens who took part in a rally on Times Square. According to local media reports, several thousand people gathered. Many are holding banners reading "No Justice" and "Equality for All". Some of the participants have on T-shirts with titles "Shoot me, I'm black." From time to time between the protesters and the police raises verbal sparring, however, the police assures that the situation is under control.
Protests in several states
Mass protests of African-Americans also go on in other big cities - Philadelphia /Pennsylvania/, Chicago /Illinois/, Miami /Florida/, San Antonio /Texas/ and Los Angeles /California/.
California police reports about one arrested during the demonstration in Los Angeles. According to the police, another group of malcontents is moving towards the area of protests from Hollywood Boulevard. Dozens of police helicopters that patrol the city from above are closely watching over the situation.
Trayvon Martin was killed on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, a suburb of Sanford /Florida/. On that day, the police received a call from a local Hispanic George Zimmerman, who called himself ‘a volunteer for the protection of public order’. He reported about an ‘extremely suspicious type’, which, according to him, aimlessly wandered down the street in the rain. The operator advised not to prosecute the young man, and sent a patrol car to that place. However, Zimmerman did not follow the recommendations and shot the teen, later claiming that he had acted in self-defense. On Saturday, a jury of Sanford found him guilty of manslaughter.
The case received considerable public reaction in the United States. Representatives of the African-American population and human rights organizations believe the murder has occurred on racial grounds. July 14 African Americans took to the streets of major cities in the United States to protest against the acquittal.
After that protest actions the Justice Department has promised to consider the grounds for possible further proceedings on Zimmerman Case. President Barack Obama urged Americans to remain calm. “We are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken” Obama said in a statement released on Sunday. “I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son”.