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Trayvon Martin case: Protesters gather at Pershing Square

March 26, 2012 |  5:40 pm

Photo: Several hundred people attend a rally in Pershing Square on Monday. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Protesters were gathered at Pershing Square on Monday afternoon to denounce the killing of Trayvon Martin, who was a shot a month ago by a Neighborhood Watch captain in Sanford, Fla.

The Los Angeles Police Department was advising motorists to stay clear of the area because at 6 p.m. the protesters were planning to march along 4th Street to Broadway and then go north to 1st and Spring streets before rallying in front of City Hall.

An LAPD squad car was planning to escort the marchers as they maneuver amid rush-hour traffic.

The LAPD estimated that about 150 people were gathered at Pershing Square, where speakers were addressing a peaceful crowd.

Martin was slain by George Zimmerman, who claimed that he acted in self-defense when he opened fire with a 9-millimeter handgun Feb. 26.

At the protest, people waved yellow and white signs that said "Jail for Zimmeran ... Justice for Trayvon"  and "Stand Up Against Racism," according to a photo posted on Twitter.

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Photo: Several hundred people demanding justice for slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin attend a rally in Pershing Square on Monday. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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