A mob inspired by the shooting death of Trayvon Martin put a California mall on lockdown for two to three hours and resulted in over a dozen arrests Wednesday night.
A large group of mostly black and Hispanic teenagers gathered in the mall parking lot and began running and trying to enter the mall, but mall security put the entire establishment on lockdown, according to local press reports.
The 80-strong crowd was composed mostly of black teenagers who held signs and shouted the slogans, “no justice, no peace,” “we refuse to be silent,” and “we are Trayvon Martin.”
A Victorville, California store clerk, who asked not to be named, took this photo of herself locked in her store, which she provided to The Daily Caller.
At least seventeen Trayvon Martin protesters were arrested, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
The crimes ranged from looting and property damage, which included protesters jumping on cars in the Red Lobster parking lot near the mall.
Several others were arrested after they stole items from a local convenience store, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office.
ABC Eyewitness News reported that the mall was locked down due to “rowdy crowds in the area.”
— NewsBellGlobal (@newsbellglobal) July 18, 2013