Civil unrest is beginning to hit US streets following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, with demonstrators smashing windows, attacking police cars, overturning dumpsters and setting fires in downtown Oakland.
One police car was daubed with the words “Kill Pigz” as American flags were torched.
Following a wave of threats to riot in major cities if Zimmerman was cleared of all charges, trouble flared up almost immediately after the verdict was announced late last night.
Unrest appears to be confined to Oakland for the time being, with more peaceful protests taking place in San Francisco, Washington, DC, New York and Chicago.
Twitter messages threatening to violently kill George Zimmerman continue to flood the social network.
A hoax is also circulating concerning a video of riots in Toronto from 2011 which was falsely labeled as having taken place in Miami.
Hopefully some of the unrest seen in Oakland last night will remain limited and the wave of rioting threatened by many will not materialize.