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A man wears a bullet around his neck during a Los Angeles rally on July 15 after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen . Brown, AFP/Getty Images" (Photo: Frederic J. Brown, AFP/Getty Images)
Story HighlightsGeorge Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday in the death of Some are calling for civil rights charges against ZimmermanRallies are taking place in cities across the USA
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Demonstrators converge on Union Square, on July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17 year old in Florida.(Photo: John Minchillo, AP)
Rallies on Sunday were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17 year old 's family and decried Zimmerman's not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice. Police in Los Angeles said they arrested several people early Monday after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared. The New York Police Department said it arrested at least a dozen people on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.
The NAACP and protesters called for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday in Martin's February 2012 shooting death. The department opened an investigation into Martin's death last year but stepped aside to allow the state prosecution to proceed. attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida, along with evidence and testimony from the state trial, the Justice Department said.
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NEW YORK (AP) Thousands of demonstrators from across the country chanting, praying and even fighting tears protested a jury's decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager while the Justice Department considered whether to file criminal civil rights charges.
Rand Powdrill, 41, of San Leandro, Calif., said he came to the San Francisco march with about 400 others to "protest the execution of an innocent black teenager."
At a march and rally in downtown Chicago attended by about 200 people, some said the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States. Seventy three year old Maya Miller said the case reminded her of the 1955 slaying of Emmitt Till, a 14 year old from Chicago who was murdered by a group of white Puma Basket White And Black men while visiting Mississippi. Till's killing galvanized the civil rights movement.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged protesters to "practice peace" after the rock and bottle throwing incident. Later, more than 100 officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and ordered people to disperse. Police said they made seven arrests throughout the day, The Los Angeles Times reported.
"If our voices can't be heard, then this is just going to keep going on," he said.
In San Francisco and Los Angeles, where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds, police closed streets as protesters marched Sunday to condemn Zimmerman's acquittal.
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Earlier, at Manhattan's Middle Collegiate Church, many congregants wore hooded sweatshirts similar to the one Martin was wearing the night he was shot in a show of solidarity. Hoodie clad Jessica Nacinovich said she could only feel disappointment and sadness over the verdict.
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York City, more than a thousand people marched into Times Square on Sunday night, zigzagging through Manhattan's streets to avoid police lines. Sign carrying marchers thronged the busy intersection, chanting "Justice for! !" as they made their way from Union Square, blocking traffic for more than an hour before moving on.
"Fifty eight years and nothing's changed," Miller said, pausing to join a chant for "Justice for Trayvon, not one more."
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