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Jul 14, 2013 11:59 PM by Associated Press

Protests over Zimmerman acquittal close CA streets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A demonstration over a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin turned violent in Los Angeles when people walked onto a freeway and a small group clashed with police.

California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy says Interstate 10 by the Crenshaw Ave. exit was closed for about 30 minutes Sunday evening when people walked onto the freeway.

Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith says the protesters eventually left and no one was arrested. He said that at a nearby street corner a crowd threw rocks and batteries at officers, prompting them to fire beanbag rounds.

Smith said one man was arrested in the incident.

Demonstrations across the state were largely peaceful Sunday afternoon.

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