Obama Urges Zimmerman Protestors to Remain Calm

Protests break out across the country after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges.
2:27 | 07/15/13

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As we mentioned reaction to the verdict was fast, wide-ranging and it is still intense. Thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets across the country last night and abc's gio benitez is there sanford, florida, with the latest on more reaction from the verdict. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Good morning, robin. You know, over the weekend we heard those calls for nationwide protests from trayvon martin's supporters. Now in city after city they're happening. Overnight thousands of protesters across the country took to the streets marching against the not guilty verdict. Justice was not done. The murder was outrageous. He was racially profiled. He was stalked and he was murdered. Reporter: In new york, hundreds carrying pictures marched from times square to harlem. At times confronting police but for the most part peaceful. No peace. Reporter: In los angeles hundreds of marchers forced police to shut down an entrance to interstate 10 and in oakland, protests turned violent, flag burnings and broken windows. That's just representative of what happens when people respect taking care of in their community and when no justice is being served. Reporter: At the epicenter of the case, sanford, florida, saturday night's anger turned to sunday morning sermon requesting understanding. Violence only promotes hatred. Reporter: In a statement released the president urge d respect for calls of calm as we do, the president said, we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence." Saturday night's not guilty verdict sparked 4.5 million tweets including from some celebrities. Will.I.Am wrote there are black people in prison serving 10 to 0 years for petty drug crimes and zimmerman walks for quilling a young plaque man. John legend saying simply "high heart hurts." On facebook martin luther king jr.'S daughter bernice king wrote she was "stunned and disappointed" comparing it to the heights of the civil rights moments saying in the words of my father, we've got some difficult days ahead. And today across the country groups supporting trayvon martin are holding noon prayer services and one of those services will be held right here in sanford, george.

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