Bay Area Joins Nationwide Rallies For Civil Rights Charges Against Zimmerman

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Protesters gathered in San Francisco and Los Angeles to call on federal prosecutors to bring civil rights charges against neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

In Los Angeles, protesters listened to community leaders speak on Saturday morning, chanting “no justice, no peace!” and carrying signs critical Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Police pledged vigilance after a Los Angeles demonstration earlier this week resulted in a small number of protesters splitting from a peaceful prayer rally to run through the streets, jumping on cars, punching bystanders and raiding a store.

Afternoon rallies were planned in Sacramento, Oakland and Palmdale.

California’s demonstrations are part of rallies across the country called “Justice for Trayvon.”

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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