Trayvon Martin: More Protests Scheduled Tonight in Oakland

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Following Saturday's verdict where George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin -- and the chaos that followed -- activists are planning to fill Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza tonight for another rally.

The 6 p.m. event, which is listed as "#HoodiesUpOAK JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN COMMUNITY SPEAK OUT - OAKLAND" on Facebook, follows a raucous weekend where thousands of people took to the streets of both San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose to protest Saturday's verdict.

Last night, some 2,000 people participated in a mostly peaceful march in downtown Oakland. But then, things got a little less peaceful at around 11 p.m.when a group of about 100 protesters took their aggression out on Oakland' storefronts, smashing windows, spray-painting cars and buildings, and igniting fires in the street, according to the Mercury News.

Around 10:30 p.m. last night, one of the Bay Area News Group reporters tweeted that she and her cameraman were attacked by protesters, and then 13 minutes later, tweeted that a TV cameraman was also attacked.

No arrests were made from last night's protest, and there were no reported injuries, Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman told reporters .

However, tonight's event is not supposed to be a violent protest. Labeled with #HoodiesUp, the nationally used social media hashtag created after the verdict, the group lists itself as a "community speak out," and not as a protest. We've been unable to reach the event organizer to find out more about what the community should expect tonight. However, various Facebook users commented that they wished for a peaceful event tonight.

"Who's down? No breaking shit, okay?" says one user on the event page.

We can only hope.

Stay tuned for updates from tonight's event.




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3 comments
Patrick Carroll
Patrick Carroll

Because nothing says "Justice for Trayvon" like breaking windows of a store 3000 miles away.

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson

If you're going to continue to report on this bullshit...at least be correct about it. Martin was 17 at the time of the incident...

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