According the the Los Angeles Times, peaceful protests of the George Zimmerman verdict turned violent Monday after youths broke away from the main demonstration in Leimert Park, stomped on cars, broke windows, set fires and attacked several people.
They also invaded a Wal-Mart in the Crenshaw district, pushing their way through as guards scrambled to close security gates.
According the LA Times report the young vandals threw merchandise on the ground and yelled. Some tried to break open the jewelry glass displays.
Unfortunately, it’s this small portion of the population that furthers the profiling and stereotyping of young black males that led to the death of Trayvon Martin.
The acts of a few are outshining the peaceful and meaningful protests of many and are very counterproductive to civil rights activists’ efforts to stop the profiling of young black males.
These are simply ignorant individuals using a peaceful protest as an excuse to commit crimes and profit through looting.
It’s unfortunate that an already uphill battle for civil rights activists is made more difficult by the ignorance of a small group.
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