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Florida jury finds George Zimmerman NOT GUILTY in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

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SANFORD, Fla. -


Zimmerman cleared; attorney says safety a concern
    
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - After a year and a half of living as a hermit, George Zimmerman emerged from a Florida courthouse a free man, cleared of all charges in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
    
A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder late Saturday night and declined to convict him on a lesser charge of manslaughter.
    
His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., says the former neighborhood watch volunteer was still processing the reality that he wouldn't serve prison time for the killing, which Zimmerman has maintained was an act of self-defense. However, with many critics angry over his acquittal, his freedom will likely be limited.
    
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara suggested Zimmerman's safety would be an ongoing concern. He says a fringe element of society still wants revenge for Martin's killing.
    
In the mean time the news creates protests in California. Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman held largely peaceful demonstrations in three California cities, but broke windows and started small street fires in Oakland, according to police.
    
The gatherings Saturday night ranged from a few dozen to a few hundred people turning out to protest the verdict in the Florida courtroom over the death of Trayvon Martin, and police said some of the demonstrations continued into the early hours Sunday.
    
The Oakland police dispatch office said about 100 people protested and police were forced to deal with acts of vandalism, mainly breaking windows on businesses and starting small fires in the streets. As the protest wound down with the crowd dispersing, the office said that as of 2 a.m. PDT it had no word of any arrests.
    
Local media reports said some Oakland marchers vandalized a police squad car and police formed a line to block the protesters' path.
Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in shooting of Trayvon Martin.

 

    
SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Jury acquits George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in shooting of Trayvon Martin .

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