The Nation Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict

George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on July 13, 2013. The acquittal has sparked nationwide protests and debate over racism and equal justice. Click through to see reactions from across the country.

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General view of the rally for Trayvon Martin at Grand Circus Park on July 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Click through to see more photos.
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Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton speaks at a podium as Trayvon Martin's brother Jahvaris Fulton (L) and Rev. Al Sharpton attend a rally honoring Trayvon Martin organized by the National Action Network outside One Police Plaza in Manhattan on July 20, 2013 in New York City.
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Singer Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z attend a rally honoring Trayvon Martin outside One Police Plaza in Manhattan on July 20, 2013 in New York City.
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A man holds up a black hoodie in memory of Trayvon Martin at a rally July 20, 2013 in New York. Hundreds were in attendence at the NYC rally "Justice for Trayvon."
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Tracy Martin, center, father of Trayvon Martin, poses for photos with supporters wearing hoodies, at a "Justice for Trayvon" rally, Saturday, July 20, 2013 in Miami.
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A man holds a banner before a rally honoring Trayvon Martin outside One Police Plaza in Manhattan on July 20, 2013 in New York City.
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Alvin Duplessis, 10, left, and Thomas McGriff, 5, foreground, hold signs with others from the Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Church of New Orleans, at a rally held in reaction to the recent George Zimmerman acquittal in New Orleans, Saturday, July 20, 2013.
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General view of the rally for Trayvon Martin at Grand Circus Park on July 14, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Ibn Akbar from Boston, Mass., right, joins a "Justice for Trayvon -100 City Vigil" Saturday, July 20, 2013, as they demonstrate in front of the federal court in Washington.
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People gather in front of the federal court in Washington Saturday, July 20, 2013, as they demonstrate in the "Justice for Trayvon -100 City Vigil".
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President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the White House on July 19, 2013, to discuss the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing and its impact among African-Americans. Reading an unusually personal, handwritten statement, Mr. Obama said, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
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Protests erupted across the nation following the acquittal of George Zimmerman. In Florida, demonstrators sing in the capital outside Gov. Rick Scott's office on July 16, 2013.
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Demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin protest on the 10 Freeway stopping traffic in Los Angeles, California on July 14, 2013.
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Jediah Jones, 3, holds a sign as her mother Keiota Jones, stands behind her during a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta.
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Oakland, California has seen three nights of sometimes violence, where protesters clashed with police.
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Martin supporters in New York City flooded the streets on July 14, the day after the Zimmerman verdict. Many gathered in Union Square and Times Square.
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Hope Jones, of Atlanta, steps out of her car with a sign on July 14, while stopped at a traffic light to join demonstrators marching by protesting the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty.
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At least six people in Los Angeles were arrested in protests against the Zimmerman verdict on July 15, as Los Angeles police declared an unlawful assembly.
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Florida resident Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
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The Oakland Police Department arrested at least six people on July 15, after declaring an unlawful assembly in downtown when a protest against the George Zimmerman verdict grew violent.
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Protestors in Oakland burned an American flag during post Zimmerman verdict rallies.
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Protesters smashed windows in downtown Oakland to voice their outrage of the Zimmerman verdict.
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Protestors in Oakland voicing rage at the outcome of the George Zimmerman verdict.
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Protesters were gathered on the streets of Oakland about an hour after a Florida jury read the not guilty verdict on July 13. They marched through the streets smashing windows, lighting garbage on fire and throwing fireworks at police officers, officials said.
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Tatum Stoball, 5, holds up a sign during a protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin.
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People wear hoodies during services honoring Trayvon Martin at Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan on July 14, 2013 in New York City.
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Leon McCutchin participates in a candle lit vigil for Trayvon Martin on July 15, 2013 in New York City.
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Demonstrators walk up Martin Luther King Jr. Drive as they march to downtown to protest the George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Atlanta.
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Crowds of demonstrators prepare to march towards Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013.
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Demonstrator Tiffany Stoddard, right, pauses for a moment of silence before participating in a protest on July 16, 2013, near Las Vegas.
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Tammy Haynes (L), Whitney Tillman (C), and Crystal Haynes (R) react during a sermon of a youth service at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford, Florida, July 14, 2013. Many in the congregation wore shirts in support of Trayvon Martin.
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Two foreign tourists raise the hands to show their support while waiting for their dinner during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on July 17, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California.
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Protesters confront Los Angles police officers during a demonstration on Monday, July 15, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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A cab fare, right, encourages demonstrators, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York.
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Kalisa Myers, 31, chants her slogans during a demonstration in reaction to the acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on July 17, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California.
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Demonstrators march as they chant during a vigil on Sunday, July 15, 2013, in Miami, Florida.
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Throngs of marchers crowded into Times Square on Sunday, July 14, following George Zimmerman's acquittal, blocking traffic amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case.
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Protestors converge on Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.
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Yensenia Vega holds up a sign during a vigil for Trayvon Martin at the Torch of Friendship monument on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miami, Florida.
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Protesters rally at a federal building in downtown Los Angeles on July 20, 2013 as a part of the nationwide "Justice for Trayvon" campaign.
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Demonstrators peacefully assemble in downtown Los Angeles to protest against the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in Florida after a fight.
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