12 Arrested, Cited in Zimmerman Verdict Protests in Los Angeles

The 12 arrests and citations were for battery on an officer, failing to disperse, and possession of marijuana. Others were cited for honking car horns and jaywalking, police said.

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    Eleven people were arrested and cited in Los Angeles area rallies protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Monday, July 15, 2013. (Published Monday, Jul 15, 2013)

    At least a dozen people were arrested and cited in Los Angeles during demonstrations over the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida block-watch captain charged in the death of teen Trayvon Martin.

    What started out as a quiet day of protest Sunday over Zimmerman's acquittal became more aggressive as the day wore on.

    Protesters Block I-10 Freeway, Clash with LAPD Officers

    [LA] Protesters Block I-10 Freeway, Clash with LAPD Officers
    People protesting the George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict blocked a freeway and were shot with bean bag rifles after they allegedly threw objects at police. Tena Ezzeddine reports from the Crenshaw District for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2014. (Published Sunday, Jul 14, 2013)

    The situation turned when up to 400 demonstrators marched onto the Santa Monica (10) Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard and stopped traffic for about an hour.

    Demonstrators confronted LA police and CHP officers who fired bean bags to force protesters to disperse. The closure began about 6 p.m. and ended about 7 p.m.

    Protests Block Hollywood Boulevard

    [LA] Protests Block Hollywood Boulevard
    Peaceful protesters upset with the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial blocked Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday night. Jane Yamamoto reports from Hollywood for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on July 14, 2013. (Published Sunday, Jul 14, 2013)

    Two people were arrested on charges of battery on an officer; one person was arrested and released at the scene for possession of marijuana; five were cited for failing to disperse; and four others were cited for honking car horns, jaywalking and jumping on cars, police said.

    LAPD officials said they'd have a final tally of arrests and citations late Monday.

    Protesters Hit LA Streets After Zimmerman Verdict

    [LA] Protesters Hit LA Streets After Zimmerman Verdict
    Protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles a day after Florida jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. Tena Ezzeddine reports from Los Angeles for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013. (Published Sunday, Jul 14, 2013)

    LAPD officers were placed on a citywide tactical alert, which means officers can be required to stay on the job after their regular shifts and are not required to respond to low-priority calls.

    The LA area protests were among several held in other major cities, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.

    Controversy Over Zimmerman Verdict

    [LA] Controversy Over Zimmerman Verdict
    Activists and attorneys were split after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013. (Published Sunday, Jul 14, 2013)

    Another rally, meanwhile, was planned for 6 p.m. Monday in Leimert Park.

    A six-woman jury found 29-year-old Zimmerman not guilty Saturday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, who was black, in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.

    The case fueled a national debate about race, guns and Florida's "stand-your-ground" law that broadens the definition of self-defense and the legal scope of the use of firearms in exercising it.

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