CALEDONIA — A group of white teenagers were reportedly threatened Saturday night by a group of black teens upset over the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.
In the Florida case, neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared Saturday of all charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.
The verdict came in around 9 p.m. central time and sparked vigils and protests across the country, according to media reports.
In Caledonia, a half hour to an hour and a half after the verdict, a group of black teens confronted a group of white teens in the parking lot of Kmart, 5141 Douglas Ave., said Caledonia Police Department Sgt. Robert Kittel.
Three male juveniles, in their late teens, were walking through the Kmart parking lot to get to a nearby Speedway when at least three black male teenagers came up behind them, Kittel said.
“One began to approach in a threatening manner and started yelling at our complainants that he hates white people and was upset over the Trayvon Martin verdict. He allegedly had a folded pocketknife in his hand,” Kittel said, explaining the knife’s blade was not exposed.
The black teens then poked two of the white teens in the forehead and asked why they shouldn’t punch them, Kittel said.
No one was injured and the white males called police from a home around 11 p.m., he said.
Officers checked the Kmart area and looked at the surveillance tapes of a nearby Walgreens but found nothing, Kittel said.
“That’s where it stands right now,” he said, explaining an investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.