Zimmerman trial protesters block Houston highway

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 8:03 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of Houston residents temporarily blocked a highway as they protested a Florida jury's decision to clear neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/13LNM3a ) reports that the protesters, including some pushing a casket, blocked a portion of Texas 288 for about 15 minutes Monday. Most traffic was stopped though protesters did allow an ambulance to pass.

Activist Quanell X called for the demonstration in response to Zimmerman's acquittal Saturday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's acquittal has sparked rallies around the nation as demonstrators voiced their support for Martin's family and decried the verdict.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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