Trayvon Martin Riots: Angry Crowds Assemble As George Zimmerman Is Acquitted [AP]

Jury finds Zimmerman not guilty of murder, says he acted in self-defense

The people have spoken: the jury has ruled that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he shot and killed the unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. Angry crowds have already assembled in various cities across the US in light of the verdict.

Had he been convicted of the murder, Zimmerman could have spent the rest of his life in jail.

The jury might have ruled that he acted in self-defense when he shot Martin, but many people across the US believe racism is still rampant.

Large crowds have already gathered in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and Oakland to protest against the verdict, some more peaceful than others, the AP reports.

Most people are asking for new legislation that would prevent tragedies like this one to happen, and are protesting peacefully, wearing hoodies like the one Martin wore on the night of his death.

In Oakland, though, things have taken a turn for the violent, with protesters starting street fires and smashing windows.

We will keep you posted on this.

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