UPDATE: Zimmerman Not Guilty, Here Are the Responses.
UPDATE: The video below has been circulating on twitter and facebook as African Americans rioting in Miami. IT IS NOT. It’s ironically riots of white people rioting in Vancouver, over the sport hockey. [via The Inquisitor]
People outside the courtroom are chanting, “The system failed us – No Justice No Peace!”
MSNBC reported there was silence in the courtroom.
The NAACP is calling for Civil Rights charges to be brought against Zimmerman.
“A jury in Sanford, Florida has found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
“I know I am not alone in my outrage, anger, and heartbreak over this decision. When a teenager’s life is taken in cold blood, and there is no accountability for the man who killed him, nothing seems right in the world, but we cannot let these emotions alone rule.
In these most challenging of times, we are called to act. There is work left to be done to achieve justice for Trayvon. The Department of Justice can still address the violation of Trayvon’s most fundamental civil right — the right to life, and we are urging them to do so.
Sign our petition to the Department of Justice. Tell them to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.” [site is overloaded at the time of posting]
The Broward Police Department a couple counties away from Sanford made this ‘anti-riot’ PSA.
We must mourn the unnecessary & unjust death of a child, but to honor him we must rededicate ourselves to the very ideals that were violated
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 14, 2013
And then once the verdict came down. One word.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 14, 2013
Defense Atty:”if George Zimmerman were black, he never would have been charged with a crime” Is he high?
— Michael Steele (@Steele_Michael) July 14, 2013
Welcome to our “post-racial America”!
— Frank Rich (@frankrichny) July 14, 2013
Meanwhile in another courtroom in Florida a “woman who fired warning shots against her allegedly abusive husband has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville had said the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law should apply to her because she was defending herself against her allegedly abusive husband when she fired warning shots inside her home in August 2010. She told police it was to escape a brutal beating by her husband, against whom she had already taken out a protective order.” [full story]