By Justin Sink - 07/15/13 03:51 PM EDT
"The fact is, six women sat on a jury for five solid weeks. I watched these protesters, none of whom read the transcript, none of whom sat through five weeks of the trial, all of whom were prepared basically to be a lynch mob," Gingrich said. "They only wanted one verdict, and the verdict was guilty."
Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges Saturday night in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Martin's supporters have suggested the shooting and Zimmerman's treatment under the criminal justice system were racially tinged.
Protesters took to the street in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles on Sunday in a series of largely peaceful gatherings. But in Los Angeles, at least one person was arrested after the Los Angeles Police Department reported that batteries and rocks had been thrown at police.
President Obama said in a statement Sunday that Martin's death was a tragedy, but urged calm.
"I know this case has elicited strong passions," the president said. "And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."