July 14, 2013 7:33 PM
From New York to California, outrage over the acquittal in George Zimmerman's murder trial poured from street demonstrations and church pulpits as protesters called for justice for the unarmed youth he killed and demanded federal civil rights charges against him. Protests were scheduled in Boston, Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and other cities over the Florida case, which unleashed a national debate over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. One protest in California hours after the verdict late Saturday ended with vandalism while police dispersed another crowd by firing beanbag rounds. George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin lasted nearly three weeks and concluded with an acquittal. The case unleashed debate nationwide over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.Zimmerman left the courthouse as a free man. The NAACP has called for the Justice Department to open a civil rights case against Zimmerman. Whether that will happen remains to be seen: Though the department has a long history of using federal civil rights law in an effort to convict defendants who've previously been acquitted in related state cases,it's not always easy. The jury in the George Zimmerman trial began deliberating for a second day with no indication of how long they might take to reach a verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin.