SEATTLE — Just how much George Zimmerman’s murder trial polarized America was on full display once the verdict was read.
Across the country Sunday and early Monday, outraged protesters poured on to streets while supporters kept largely quiet. Protesters denounced the six-woman jury’s decision Saturday to find Zimmerman not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
While the vast majority of protests were peaceful, parts of Los Angeles grew tense.
Some protesters hurled flashlight batteries, rocks and chunks of concrete toward police in Los Angeles, police spokesman Andrew Smith said. Police responded by shooting bean bags at protesters.
“LAPD is hoping for the best and preparing for the worst,” Smith said Sunday night. “We hope everyone can exercise their First Amendment right to free speech, then get tired and go home.”
Some demonstrators continued their efforts into Monday morning. At least nine people were arrested, Smith said.
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