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The crowd listens to speakers during a Hoodies up for Trayvon rally at the Hennepin county government center in Minneapolis Minnesota on Monday July 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez)

Hundreds in Minneapolis protest Zimmerman verdict

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several hundred people gathered in downtown Minneapolis to protest George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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Zimmerman's exoneration in the fatal shooting of the unarmed teenager is stirring protests around the country, including one at the Hennepin County Government Center Monday evening.

The peaceful demonstration in Minneapolis was a contrast to violence and vandalism during a protest in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District. Thirteen people were arrested there.

Minnesota Public Radio News says demonstrators in Minneapolis chanted Trayvon Martin's name and carried signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "End Racism Now."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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