Rapper Nipsey Hussle was stopped by police in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (16Jul13) during a protest rally over the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

The hip-hop star, who has worked with Drake and Snoop Dogg, was handcuffed and questioned by police officers on suspicion of carrying a gun, but he was released shortly afterwards when cops determined he was not armed, according to Tmz.com.

Nipsey Hussle - real name Ermias Asghedom - was stopped during a demonstration in the city's Leimert Park over the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

The neighborhood watch volunteer was cleared of murder and manslaughter charges on Saturday (13Jul13) after fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin last year (12).

The acquittal sparked numerous protests across the U.S. with stars including Beyonce, Rihanna and Stevie Wonder voicing their anger over the verdict.