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Zimmerman protests largely peaceful

After George Zimmerman was acquitted for murdering 17- year old Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama called for calm in a written statement: "I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher," he said. For the most part the protests that followed the verdict adhered to this spirit.

In New York, protesters gathered in in Harlem and a larger group moved uptown from Union Square to Times Square where thousands gathered. According to the New York Post, "a woman with a bullhorn climbed onto the roof of a truck near the TKTS Broadway-ticket booth and shouted “We’ve taken over Times Square! Sit down! Shut it down!’’ The paper said, "Hundreds of cops who were at the scene took a hands-off approach at first, before beginning to disperse the group at about 9 p.m."

The AP captured aerial footage of the Times Square protest:

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