People Protesting Zimmerman Verdict Arrested In Los Angeles

Category: Society / Jul 15, 2013 12:12PM EDT

Protesters gathered in Los Angeles on Sunday night (July 14) to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman by a court in Sanford, Florida.

Police officers in riot gear surrounded the crowd and asked them to disperse leading to the arrest of several protesters who refused to move.

Zimmerman's acquittal on Saturday was publicly denounced by civil rights leaders and sparked protests in several cities, including Boston, San Francisco, New York, San Diego and Sacramento.

Zimmerman's lawyers argued he acted in self-defense the night of Feb. 26, 2012, when, they say, Martin attacked Zimmerman inside a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford. They accuse civil rights advocates of wrongly injecting the issue of race.

Critics contend 29-year-old Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, wrongly suspected 17-year-old  Martin, of being a criminal because he was black. Zimmerman called police to report a suspicious looking person, then left his car with a fully loaded pistol concealed in his waistband.

A fight ensued in which Zimmerman suffered a bloody nose and head injuries, and Zimmerman shot Martin once in the heart.

The teenager had no criminal record and had been walking back from a convenience store where he had bought candy and a soft drink.

Video Credit: Reuters