News

Seventeen arrested at California Trayvon Martin rally

Seventeen arrested at California Trayvon Martin rally

Camille Quinones Miller holds a placard as she chants slogans during a march to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in Beverly Hills, California July 17, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

(Reuters) – Seventeen people were arrested in California late on Wednesday after a protest against the acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin turned rowdy, according to news reports.

Officers arrested the protesters at a rally in Victorville, 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Eight of those arrested were juveniles, and most of the arrests were made on charges of unlawful assembly, the newspaper reported.

Calls and emails to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Victorville Police Department seeking confirmation of the reports were not immediately returned.

California has seen several nights of mostly peaceful protests over the case, which has divided U.S. opinion on race, gun and self-defense laws.

Protesters see a miscarriage of justice in the verdict reached on Saturday by Florida jurors who found George Zimmerman, the white-Hispanic man who shot Martin, not guilty of murder or manslaughter.

On Monday, police in Los Angeles and Oakland arrested nearly two dozen people after disturbances at protests.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Westhampton Home Damaged By Lightning

lightning

An isolated home in Westhampton has been badly damaged by fire after being hit by lightning

in Local

Alex Morse Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

alex morse

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has launched his campaign for a third term

in Local

Mass Streams to Gain Federal Protections

riveralt2

More than half of Massachusetts’ streams will gain federal protections under a new rule signed by the Obama administration

in National

FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls

robocalls

Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating — and the government is taking note.

in National

Deadly storms destroy homes, set new rain record

floodingtexas

Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas as torrential rains battered the state.