Arrests And Police Standoffs As Thousands Flood US Streets In Protest Of Trayvon Martin Verdict

Arrests As Many Thousands Flood The Streets In US Protesting Trayvon Verdict

All across the United States late Sunday night and early into Monday morning, thousands of protesters took to the streets to make their voices heard about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, shouting “Justice for Trayvon” and blocking traffic. Several have faced arrest and numerous skirmishes have broken out.

Times Square was still jammed just after midnight Monday morning as traffic was blocked in many directions, according to reports on social media. Protesters carried signs saying “Stop Racial Profiling” and shouted through megaphones.

Reports poured in from social media from Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Washington and Chicago. Some freeways were shut down in Los Angeles, and Twitter users claimed police brutality in some instances.

There were many complaints on Facebook regarding the lack of media coverage and Twitter users kept up a steady stream of photos of giant crowds that showed no sign of dying down. Marchers chanted “No Justice! No Peace! Trayvon!” as they flooded the streets.

In Los Angeles, the Rosa Parks Freeway was brought to a complete halt as protesters marched, rode bikes and carried signs in the middle of the road. Santa Monica and La Brea intersection were also closed. There have been several accounts of police officers firing “beanbag” rounds into the crowd to subdue the participants.

Twitter users described Manhattan as “a sea of hoodies” in support of Trayvon Martin, referring to the type of shirt Martin was wearing on the night he was killed. The hoodie has become a symbol of support for Martin and his family. In East Harlem, New York, people shouted “We want justice and we want it now!” as they walked against traffic. When the group of protesters reached Harlem, some reported via Twitter that the police were dressed in riot gear and threatened to use mace to control the crowd.

In Oakland, there was a report of a cop car having its windows smashed and the words “kill pigs” written on the back of it, sparking fears that further violence could ensue through the night.

In San Francisco, protesters began swarming the Golden Gate Bridge. Mainstream media seemed to downplay the event, with few reports coming in from the major networks and a seeming under-representation of the numbers of protesters in the streets.

Social media users sent warnings to each other about police locations and alerted other protest participants about SWAT team presence and helicopters. Twitter user @JackCullison reported there was a “Swat Team, 4 helicopters, 15 police vehicles & a horse sent to tame the Trayvon protest @ TCL Chinese,” while others sent pictures of police appearing to stop the crowd by forming a line in front of the marchers. Some described the atmosphere as “tense” and there were reports that police were planning on labeling the protest an “unlawful assembly.”

The pictures appear to show police blocking people’s right to peacefully assemble, raising the ire of the protest participants. In the wee hours of Monday morning, reports continued to pour in that the crowds were swelling ever larger rather than dying down.

The case has spread overseas, and a fresh protest has been called for in London at 4:00 p.m. today at the U.S. Embassies there.

By: Rebecca Savastio

4 Responses to "Arrests And Police Standoffs As Thousands Flood US Streets In Protest Of Trayvon Martin Verdict"

  1. Matt   July 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    What have we learned a protest is? A huuuuge waste of time. Find jobs people.

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  2. errol   July 15, 2013 at 8:55 am

    when i was 17 in santaclara ca.i lived in a very nice (leave it to beaver type n-hood). one day i was walking home to my uncle,s house where i was living,in my righthand i had a orangesoda in my left.i had a box of redhots,candy,i heard a voice from behind me franticly say freeze,turned and there was a12guage shotgun pointed at my head. that policeman made me walk a whole block back to his vehicle at gun point,people from all walks of life came out to my rescue,my family was the only black family in that neighborhood…

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  3. Rebecca Savastio (@RSavastio)   July 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for your comment Pete. Please feel free to share the story on your social networks so we can all monitor the police actions as the protests continue.

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  4. Pete Greer   July 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Zimmerman was martins victim and Zimmerman was in danger of losing his life as Martin savagely beat his head into the pavement. The right of self defense is a universal right and the citizenry has the right to defend themselves from rogue cops by having their hand on their gun and if a cop comes at them with a hand on his or her gun ( with the obvious intent of using it) then a citizen so threatened would be required to fire first to save his or her life as well as that of their children. Rogue cops abound and have murdered children and elderly people sleeping and the internal investigations departments of such corrupt police agencies always cover up for corrupt cops.citizens have the right to use the same level of force against cops of they feel tat they are in danger of death or great bodily injury.

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