George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, is to have his gun returned to him, the same weapon used to kill the unarmed boy.

After the verdict was announced, Judge Debra Nelson said all evidence in the case will be released and Zimmerman's ankle monitor would be removed.

The case has split the American public, in a manner unseen since the OJ Simpson murder trial.

After deliberating for more than 16 hours, a jury of six women on Saturday evening found George Zimmerman not guilty.

In the wake of the verdict, demonstrators reportedly shut down part of a busy motorway in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Protesters told NBC LA that police fired rubber bullets in order to disperse the crowd and ended up arresting at least one person on suspicion of throwing rocks and bottles at an officer.

In New York, hundreds of protesters flooded Times Square, having marched south on Broadway from Union Square, many carrying signs in support of the slain teenager. At times, the crowd could be heard chanting "No Justice. No Peace."

The verdict came after four weeks of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses.

Anti-racism groups are now considering pursuing civil charges. "

We are outraged and heartbroken," National Association for the Advancement of Colored People president Benjamin Jealous said in a statement. "We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed."

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Hundreds rallied in support of shooting victim Trayvon Martin at Howard University in Washington

Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence called the verdict “part of a tragic event that could have easily been prevented.”

Gross said, “There is sharp disagreement over the verdict, but there can be no disagreement over the reason why Trayvon Martin is dead.

"George Zimmerman had a gun that night, and the state of Florida allowed him to carry it virtually anywhere despite a violent history. Virtually anybody roaming our neighborhoods with hidden handguns is the gun lobby's vision, but it is not the vision of the rest of the American public, truly committed to safer communities.

"We will work as long, and as hard as it takes to prevent more tragedies like Trayvon Martin's. We recognize, at the end of the day, this is an enormous tragedy and a young man lost his life. Our sympathies continue to go out to Trayvon’s family.”

The Brady Campaign has been one of the leaders in fighting against “Stand Your Ground” or so called, “shoot first” laws like the one in Florida.

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    Police officers hold a line against protestors on the 10 Freeway after demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin walk onto the 10 Freeway stopping highway traffic, in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. A jury in Sanford, Florida late Saturday found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty of shooting dead Martin, a 17 year-old unarmed teen on the night of February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Police officers push back a protestor on the 10 Freeway after demonstrators angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin walk onto the 10 Freeway stopping highway traffic, in Los Angeles, California July 14, 2013. A jury in Sanford, Florida late Saturday found Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, not guilty of shooting dead Martin, a 17 year-old unarmed teen on the night of February 26, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Throngs of marches gather on Times Square as they listen to a speaker, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Demonstrators mass in Times Square after a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washing, Atlanta and other cities Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A person, left, who is wearing a shirt supporting George Zimmerman, engages supporters of Trayvon Martin in Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities Sunday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Marching towards Times Square, activists are blocked by police from part of a street and redirected Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities Sunday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Marchers walking along a street are cheered by passersby in a taxi, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Activists on Union Square stand with a cut out photo of Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • A cut out picture of Trayvon Martin is held aloft by marchers on Times Square Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, as they gathered for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities Sunday. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Demonstrators enter Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York, Sunday, July 14, 2013, holding a cut-out of Trayvon Martin during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of the 17-year-old in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Throngs of marches arrive on Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • A police officer stands guard in front of demonstrators during a protest in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Thousands of demonstrators protest in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Crowds of demonstrators prepare to march towards Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • A demonstrator protests in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 14, 2013, a day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seventeen-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 by Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

  • Kyrteryion McGee holds a sign talking about Trayvon Martin during a rally outside the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse in Phoenix, on Sunday, July 14, 2013. On Saturday, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 death of Martin in Florida. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES.

  • A motorist steps out of her vehicle to photograph demonstrators on a march, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Demonstrators gather on 34th Street as police attempt to prevent them from moving uptown, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Throngs of marches gather on Times Square as they listen to a speaker, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Marchers gather together on Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Demonstrators mass on 34th Street as police attempt to prevent them from moving uptown, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Marchers raise their fists as they sit down on Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • A demonstrator chants, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Demonstrators converge on Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • People protest in front of the Guilford County Detention Center on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C., about the acquittal late Saturday of George Zimmerman in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/News & Record, Lynn Hey)

  • People gather outside the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C., before marching to the new Guilford County Detention Center on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Greensboro, N.C., while protesting the acquittal late Saturday of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/News & Record, Lynn Hey)

  • Karoxa Williams, of Jacksonville, Fla., holds a poster with a photograph of her son during a rally Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Jacksonville to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)

  • Police officers attempt to control a march down Broadway, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Cristina Gaines Rodriguez, of New York, lower right, holds a sign in Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Demonstrators march in Union Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York,during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • People gather Sunday, July 14, 2013, in front of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C., to protest the acquittal late Saturday of George Zimmerman in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/News & Record, Lynn Hey)

  • Ajamu Dillahunt leads a rally of about 100 people Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C., protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • A demonstrator chants during a march, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Police officers wait for demonstrators to arrive, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, during a march against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Throngs of marches gather on Times Square, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Throngs of marches gather on Times Square as they listen to a speaker, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, for a protest against the acquittal of volunteer neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

  • Demonstrators enter Times Square during a march, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York, against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Jediah Jones, Keiota Jones

    CORRECTS FIRST NAME TO JEDIAH-Jediah Jones, 3, holds a sign as her mother Keiota Jones, stands behind her during a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Marianna Islam, left, holds a figurine used as a talking stick as she expresses her feelings during the peaceful gathering at the Peace Park on Pleasant Street in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday, July 14, 2013, to voice their feelings about George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Christine Peterson)

  • Demonstrators hold up signs as they attend a vigil for Trayvon Martin at the Torch of Friendship monument on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miami, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

  • Demonstrators march through the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan in New York holding a cut-out of Trayvon Martin during a protest against the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in the killing of the 17-year-old in Florida, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in New York. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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    Demonstrators gather around the Federal Building in Detroit during a protest against the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, in Detroit on Sunday, July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley)

  • A demonstrators holds up a sign as he attends a vigil for Trayvon Martin at the Torch of Friendship monument on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miami, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

  • Sonia Medina

    Sonia Medina, of Suwanee, Ga., holds a sign while joining a protest the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Protesters make their way down Washington Ave., from Grand Circus Park in Detroit to the Federal Building during a protest against the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida on Sunday, July 14, 2013. The Aiyana in the sign refers to young Detroiter Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was killed during a police raid. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley)

  • Larry Hinson

    Larry Hinson comes out of the Celebrity Status Salon where he works to cheer for a march passing down the street protesting the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • San Houston

    Motorist San Houston, right, of Atlanta, raises her fist while stopped at a traffic light to cheer a march protesting the day after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Demonstrators hold signs as they chant during a vigil for Trayvon Martin on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miami, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

  • Jahaya Stricklen,10, holds up a sign during a vigil for Trayvon Martin at the Torch of Friendship monument on Sunday, July 14, 2013, in Miami, Fla. Demonstrators upset with the verdict protested mostly peacefully in Florida, Milwaukee, Washington, Atlanta and other cities overnight and into the early morning.(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)