RT: Riots, arrests in California as Zimmerman protests turn violent (PHOTOS)

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Published time: July 16, 2013 07:56
Edited time: July 16, 2013 10:51

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Two men stand near a Los Angeles police officer during a protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial in Los Angeles, California July 15, 2013.(Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)Two men stand near a Los Angeles police officer during a protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin trial in Los Angeles, California July 15, 2013.(Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)

Police in Los Angeles and Oakland clashed with pockets of violent protesters intent on wreaking havoc following the verdict in a high-profile court case that saw the killer of a black youth declared ‘not guilty.’

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A number of protesters were taken into police custody Monday night after the LAPD declared an unlawful assembly shortly before 10 pm on Monday night in the Crenshaw district.

The scene along Crenshaw Boulevard and adjacent streets was chaotic as rioters set fires, assaulted bystanders, and vandalized cars and businesses, authorities said.

Police estimated that up to 150 people…

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