by Christopher Freeburn | July 16, 2013 12:29 pm
A protest over Friday’s verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman turned violent in Los Angeles on Monday night, leaving a Walmart (WMT) store damaged.
The violence erupted in the wake of a peaceful protest in the city’s Leimert Park. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, about 150 people began stomping on vehicles and breaking windows in the area. A number of people shoved aside guards to enter the Walmart store at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, screaming and dumping merchandise on the floor, the Los Angeles Times notes.
Police officers in riot gear later cleared the store and restored order. Fourteen people were arrested during the violence.
City leaders said that only a small group of protestors had caused the violence.
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida jury on Friday night after a closely watch trial.
Earlier this year, a man crashed his car through the front door of a San Jose, Calif., Walmart and began assaulting shoppers before being subdued and arrested.
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