A peaceful protest Sunday evening in Los Angeles, CA turned violent after protestors briefly clashed with the LAPD, according to NBC4.
Hundreds of protestors took to the streets following the not guilty verdict handed to former neighborhood watch George Zimmerman who was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The verdict prompted the LAPD to place officers on tactical alert.
LAPD commander Andrew Smith alleges protestor became unruly and threw foreign objects at officers.
The confrontation prompted the LAPD to fire beanbags and rubber bullets at protestors.
Mass protests were conducted nation-wide.
Thousands protestors in New York City marched form Union Square to Times Square Sunday.
Many proponents of the Martin family believed Zimmerman was the aggressor in the altercation that led to Martin’s shooting death.
Martin left his father’s fiancé’s home on a rainy Feb. 26 night to pick up snacks to enjoy with the NBA All-Star game. Zimmerman, who was acting as neighborhood watch, pursued Martin after deeming the Miami-Dade teen suspicious.
Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Martin following a confrontation. Zimmerman alleged he was acting in self-defense.
If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman could have been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years without parole and a maximum of life in prison.
A lesser charge of manslaughter could have given Zimmerman up to a 30-year prison sentence.
Watch footage of LAPD officers firing rubber bullets below.
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