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Zimmerman Verdict: Protests Begin in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington

San Francisco Zimmerman Protest H 2013
Protesters in San Francisco, via @svqjournalist

More than 100 gather in L.A.'s Leimert Park Plaza, a crowd marches down S.F.'s Mission Street and 300 converge on D.C.'s Adams Morgan after the Florida jury's controversial decision.

A Florida jury's not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sent protesters to the streets in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

More than 100 Los Angeles residents went to Leimert Park Plaza in protest, captured by Kacey Montoya, a reporter for Tribune-owned local station KTLA:

In San Francisco, protesters took to Mission Street waving placards reading "No Justice, No Peace" and "The Whole System Is Racist."

And in Washington, D.C., WNEW reporter Cameron Thompson tweeted as he followed a crowd of protesters through the Adams Morgan section of the city.

Earlier Saturday, civil rights leaders in L.A. announced the creation of a hotline so residents can report potential violence spots.

 
“Disturbances of any sort are often triggered by rumors,” Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, told L.A.'s NBC4, "so it’s not just a hotline but a rumor control line."
 
The 24-hour hotline, 323-383-6145, opened while the jury deliberated.
 
Neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
 
Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter. But the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty.
 
The Associated Press contributed to this report.