UNDATED (AP) — Protests and vigils are being held around the country following the acquittal of the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.
Participants are decrying a jury’s decision to clear George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched into Times Square on Sunday night, chanting “Justice for! Trayvon Martin!”
In Philadelphia, about 700 protesters marched from LOVE Park to the Liberty Bell, alternating between chanting Martin’s name and “No justice, no peace.”
More than 200 people gathered for a vigil in Miami. One poster read: “Don’t worry about more riots. Worry about more Zimmermans.”
About 200 people turned out for a rally and march in downtown Chicago, saying the verdict was symbolic of lingering racism in the United States.
In San Francisco and Los Angeles, where an earlier protest was dispersed with beanbag rounds, police closed streets.
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APPHOTO NYCR101: Throngs of marches gather on Times Square as they listen to a speaker, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (14 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO NYJM113: Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York holding a cut-out of Trayvon Martin during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of the 17-year-old in Florida, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (14 Jul 2013)
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