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

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer; Russia Can’t Dictate US Military Moves

2014 Fischer Official Photo

Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer says the United States can’t afford to sit back and allow Russia to continue military strikes in Syria.

in Local

Firefighters Respond To Early Morning Fire

firetruck lights

Yankton Firefighters were called out this morning to a fire at Baldwin Filters, just northeast of the city.

in Local

SOS’s Office Working Through Backlog


Besides handling all of the election duties, the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office is the location for most business filings in the state, from incorporations to loan and mortgage filings.

in Local

Road Assessment Approved

Road Construction

The Yankton City Commission approved a special road assessment at their meeting last night that will lead to major improvements on north Douglas Avenue.

in Local

Future Of Football Field Studied


The Yankton School Board at their meeting last night heard results of a public survey on the future of the Crane-Youngworth football field.