Hours after protesters blocked traffic on I-880 in Oakland, Calif., the Los Angeles Police Department declared a citywide tactical alert as protests over the George Zimmerman verdict spread. WNBC reported that a Walmart store was closed after a “mostly peaceful” mob stormed the retailer.
The mayor’s office called for peace in the area.
Nearby, another American flag went up in flames as violence spread through the area.
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The LA County Sheriff’s Office is urging parents to summon their children home.