Calif. calm amid increased policing at protests

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 1:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California rallies have been small and calm after Los Angeles police vowed to crack down with quick action against the sort of vandalism and violence the city saw Monday night in protests over George Zimmerman's acquittal.

Tuesday night, a group of about 200 people marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles between City Hall and police headquarters. They briefly blocked traffic as they walked but remained peaceful.

The demonstrators were flanked by police on bicycles and on foot.

Another rally at a park near LA's Crenshaw District was nearly as subdued. That district saw most of the violence and vandalism Monday night.

Tuesday was the fourth night of protests in California over Zimmerman's acquittal in Florida in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

LA Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have said peaceful protests are welcome but violence won't be tolerated.

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