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George Zimmerman found not guilty

- Neighbourhood watchman was on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman (second from left) was moments ago, July 13, 2013 found not guilty in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Photo: CNN
Zimmerman's gun is displayed. The shooting raised questions about gun laws, as well as the merit of the
Zimmerman's gun is displayed. The shooting raised questions about gun laws, as well as the merit of the "stand your ground" law in Florida and similar laws in other states. Photo: Sanford Police Department
Trayvon Martin had recently turned 17 years of age when he met his untimely death. Photo: Business Insider
Trayvon Martin had recently turned 17 years of age when he met his untimely death. Photo: Business Insider
SANFORD, Florida, USA - Moments ago, July 13, 2013 a Florida Court found neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The jury, which consisted (6) women, had been deliberating for more than 16½ hours total, including 13 today.

Background to case

CNN- The story starts the night of February 26, 2012, as Martin walked back to his father's fiancee's house through the rain from a Sanford convenience store, where he'd bought Skittles and a drink.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police. A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman that officers were on the way and not to follow the allegedly suspicious person.

Nonetheless, Zimmerman got out of his car, later telling police he just wanted to get a definitive address to relay to authorities.

Sometime after that, Zimmerman and Martin got into a physical altercation. Some neighbors took notice: On one 911 call, anguished cries for help can be heard.

Who was yelling? Martin's mother testified she's "absolutely" sure it was her son; Zimmerman's parents said, with as much conviction, that it was their own child.

There are also disputes about who was the aggressor, about whether or not Martin may have seen or reached for Zimmerman's gun, about whether Zimmerman should have had more injuries if he was pummeled, as he claims.

And some had accused Zimmerman -- who identifies himself as Hispanic -- of racially profiling the black teenager, a claim the defense camp had flatly denied.

About the only thing that was not in dispute was that the now 29-year-old Zimmerman had shot and killed Martin.

Tensions were high ahead of verdict

There was a buzz outside the Sanford courtroom Saturday, punctuated by occasional speeches, songs and impassioned words -- at times directed against those on the other side of the debate.

There were those calling for a guilty verdict who held up a large banner reading "End racial oppression" and who yelled in unison, "We want justice." On the other side, Zimmerman backers toted signs saying "Self-defense is a basic human right," "Not enough evidence," and plainly "Not guilty."

Many of these themes had been echoing since the weeks after Martin's death, when tens of thousands attended rallies led by civil rights activists demanding Zimmerman's arrest and chastising authorities for their handling of the case.

Zimmerman surmised Martin was a criminal like those who'd struck in his neighborhood before -- at least one of whom was black -- a lawyer for the late teen's family said Friday. But Martin was not a criminal, which Daryl Parks said contributes to the racial tensions that still surround this case.

While he wouldn't call Zimmerman a racist, "this case in its totality has a racial undertone to it," Parks told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The defense had strongly rejected accusations Zimmerman is racist, with O'Mara citing his client's work as a mentor to black children and his taking a black girl to his prom as evidence of his non-racist beliefs.

His defenders had been passionate as well, especially about a person's right to defend himself with a gun when attacked. Debate swirled over Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows those who believe they are in imminent danger to use deadly force to protect themselves.

In light of this ongoing fervor, authorities had asked for calm while setting up contingency plans to respond to incidents tied to a verdict. The Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. was among those appealing for peace Friday, while Zimmerman's family urged people to "respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict."

"Freedom of expression is a constitutional right," said the sheriff's office in Broward County, in the Miami area. "While raising your voice is encouraged, using your hands is not."

But O'Mara had said that, whatever the outcome, his client will not feel safe.

"There are a percentage of the population who are angry, they're upset, and they may well take it out on him," he said.

35 Responses to “George Zimmerman found not guilty”

  • jj (13/07/2013, 22:41) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    Injustise injustice
    • Online Now (13/07/2013, 23:51) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      Every black man should protest over this racist decision
      • Online now! (15/07/2013, 18:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        I think we all know your comment isn't mine. Please find your own screen name.
    • BVIslander (15/07/2013, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      imagine michael vick went to jail for couple years for fighting dogs! this is slavery days all over again. if trayvon had kill george, his trial would have already been done and he would be in shackles.
    • SUSS (16/07/2013, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      an fair game play twicw
  • Fair (13/07/2013, 22:56) Like (9) Dislike (52) Reply
    So it wasn't injustice when OJ Simpson was acquitted?????
    • To The Point (13/07/2013, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

      K*nt

    • Guest (13/07/2013, 23:43) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dang you white people still holding onto that one huh??? So I guess this payback for OJ's verdict..
      • kkk (14/07/2013, 08:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        What some of you do not talk about the racist in the BVI and some in high places?????
    • Not Guilty????????? (14/07/2013, 17:15) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      You see OJ got what was coming to him in the end. Even if God sleeps, He does not over sleep. I don't understand why you are comparing the two incidents though. Those jurors who found Zimmerman innocent have Martin's blood on their hands, and are as culpable as Zimmerman. Retribution cleanses, and Zimmerman if he is guilty did not escape God justice.
    • Marie (20/07/2013, 14:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No it wasn't injustice for the OJ Simpson case because no one could prove he was there and there was not enough evidence so they had to acquit him. Zimmerman on the other hand was proven to be there, told to stay in his car and not approach. He ignored all of this and went after Travon anyway which ended up with a teenager being killed. This is the outrage of Black People. And why is the OJ Case always brought up as an injustice when Black people have be killed, raped, lynched, burned alive, enslaved for free labor and the list goes on and people seem to think we should sweep this under the rug like it never happened, but the Jews never let anyone forget their plight and people are sympathetic, give me a F-ing break. If OJ did do it, we finally got away with one compared to our millions killed and no one went to jail for it. Before you bring up the OJ case again, look into past history and see what people have done to us.
  • SMH (13/07/2013, 22:57) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I knew this was coming. He free but u think he really free now? NOT
  • ... (13/07/2013, 23:19) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    if you are a black man in the states you are as well be dead as white supremacy still rules
  • Not Right (13/07/2013, 23:43) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Unfair
  • American tragedy (14/07/2013, 00:55) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    A system can not fail those it was never built to protect !!
  • Legalize (14/07/2013, 01:50) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Trayvon Martin's murder is nothing more than a modern day lynching, reminiscent of Emmett Till and the countless other African American males who died at the hands of vigilante white citizens. Racism is alive and strong as ever in the good old USA.
  • Guest (14/07/2013, 06:11) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    What got be gone is the so-called christians who all over Facebook blaspheming and behaving like their sheep's costume was put back in the closet.

    Then they wonder why people don't believe much in the church anymore when they don't practice what they up and down professing.
    • To Guest (14/07/2013, 08:41) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      Christians not behaving the way you think they should behave should is not justification for a person to miss out on God's promises, because its like the parable says the blind leading the blind right into a ditch. I does hear people make that statement all the time; that them aint praising God cause the Christians aint no better than me. You will be shocked when the so called Christian make it, because they been working on their relationship with God, and the ones who just sitting down watching will have to chance because they chose just to sit and watch.
      • Tictactoe (14/07/2013, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You missed the mark on Guest's comments. Keyword was "so-called christians" who are professing one thing and exhibiting another too busy judging and not examining themselves.
  • ausar (14/07/2013, 06:28) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    "Guest", you've hit the nail on the head.

    And would you know that is exactly what the online American news bloggers are stating?

    Now where is "Logical Conclusion",, "WTF", and "Color Blind" to explain away this one?
    • LogicalConclusion (15/07/2013, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Right here, Ausar, right here.
      But I don't know why you think I want to "explain away" this injustice. Is it because my opposition to your race-based posts makes you automatically assume I am a white racist or defender thereof? Does it make you think I cannot see the real world because I am so busy defending white racism? That seems to be your angle, fool.
      Listen, there is vile racism afoot all over the USA, the BVI and the world. I am against it in whatever form it appears. I think it is destructive to individuals and to societies, so it should be fought where ever it raises its sick head.
      In this case, I see an injustice that, if it was a black man shoot a white man, we all know the outcome would likely have been the opposite. The US legal system is like a distortion chamber - every day in a 1000 ways –and most of the time that distortion works against African Americans. This is one of them, no question about it.
      But I hate bulls**t, too. Let's not forget this shooter was Latino, so you all got to come up with some reason why his actions were based on white supremacy. I don't know or care about the skin color of the jurors who decided his innocence, but if you saying they are working for a white supremacist agenda you need to come up with some evidence of that. Otherwise maybe they were manipulated by the white supremacist agenda to do their bidding, but that is, again, something you need to show before you jump on the 'hate whites because they hate us' megaphone.
      OJ Simpson? That was racist, no question. That was black people wanting a murderer to go free just because he was black, instead of wanting him to be jailed because he had done a truly evil deed. That's racism, pure and simple.
      This is where you and I part ways, Ausar. I see racism when it exists in whatever form and I HATE it. You see racism where ever it suits your bull cr@p hypothesis that all white people are wicked and are out to enslave all black people. That sh*t is totally whack. Just like the verdict in this case is whack.
      It is not one or the other. It is common sense and human decency vs a jackass racial way of interpreting every damn thing that happen. I take the side of decency, you ride the jackass.

  • panch (14/07/2013, 08:44) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply

    This is a shame! He is innocent in the judicial system, but in social system he is guilty. What is wrong with america's justice they shoulda put him in jail at least 10 year.

    The victim had no weapon. He had a gun.

  • . (14/07/2013, 10:42) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    What do you expect with 6 blanco jurors?
    • USA student (14/07/2013, 13:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      i cant wait to return home from this racist place called America
      • 1 (14/07/2013, 16:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's amazing how people can end up telling the truth when that was not their original intention.
  • Lee (14/07/2013, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    This was a setup from the beginning, I never followed the trial. My question is, are they all white jurors? Because if they are we cannot expect a guilty verdict.
  • facts (14/07/2013, 14:33) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
    The media in America have made Zimmerman whiter than Casper the friendly ghost yet he's Hispanic. They try to portray him as racist but he has numerous charity work raising extra cash for the black communities and even raised cash to help a black homeless man after he was savagely beaten. This wasn't a racist attack it was an unfortunate event that really should have never happened. Zimmerman was defending a community that was suffering from high rates of theft and break ins and saw a young man walking suspiciously in the middle of the night in the pouring rain. Who wouldn't be suspicious regardless of his. Skin colour. Yes. He shouldn't have chased him down but he wanted justice for the people suffering. When he eventually approached the young man he assaulted him violently as the photos show his face with a smashed nose and lacerated head. He DID act in self defence. However you look at. It from the young mans point of view, a man chased him down in the middle of the night how else was he going to act when somebody grabs him? Treyvon also acted in self defence. All in all. It's a very hard case to determine but the. Fact still remains that a young man lost his life doing nothing wrong and a man has live with killing treyvon for the rest of his life. Not guilty was the right verdict IMO as he didn't racially attack treyvon as its claimed. Black Americans seem to forget that since treyvon died in 2012 roughly 11,000 black people have been murdered and 94% of the people convicted was indeed of the same race. I also remember two innocent Brits on holiday gunned down in cold blood by a black man, was anybody claiming that was racially motivated?

    • Really (15/07/2013, 11:31) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      You sound like you were there! Something is wrong with an adult killing a child and walking away from the scene. Period. He did not even go to the hospital for checks. Why he did not sustain any serious injuries. Clearly that head bashing on the pavement is suspect. Zimmerman's father is full bred white and a judge or retired judge. Men rule. It is of little consequence that his mother is Hispanic. Check and see who is sending money for his trail then come back and tell me where the Hispanic inluence is. It was even said that he needs to be careful about taking money from these self interest groups. Sorry with a sx blanco jury what do you think!
    • Hmm (15/07/2013, 14:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      I lived amoung whites for years, and I use to think that some of them were the nicest people you could ever meet, they even had black friends, or you would think they were friends. To this day I find it very challenging to accept even a smile from people of that color, I often wonder if they really mean it, or if its just a duty. I guess what I am trying to say is that sometimes all the good we do in this life is simply just a band aide to cover up our guilt.
      • @hmm (15/07/2013, 16:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        So because you 'lived among whites for years' and you have decided they are all guilty of either racism or some kind of guilty pretense, what do you suggest? That we mistrust them all? All millions and millions of them? What about the ones who never done a damn thing wrong to a person of color? What about those who never even encounter a person of color n their whole lives? And what about the ones who love a person of color, and those have offspring and loving families with persons of color? What about those damn wicked whites who fought against apartheid and get killed and jailed for the fight, and those who work daily to stop racism by being activists for racial equality? What about those who are genuine people who are not hung up on skin but judge others on how someone behaves, what they do and what they say?
        Saying all whites are either guilty of racism or they are pretending to be decent humans is like saying all men are rapists. It's like Adolf Hitler saying all Jews are such and such, so they should be gas. Like Osama Bin Laden saying non-Muslims are evil and deserve to do die.
        I.e. it is total horse pi$$ you spreading and I hope people don't drink it because if they do the BVI will get REALLY sick.
        If you had a bad experience 'living among the whites', I am sorry for you. But don't use it try make everyone's experience with people of differing skin pigment into a race war. That's just extremist psycho sh!t.
        And yes, this is LogicalConclusion speaking. Your line of blog points in the same direction as Ausar's blogs always do - up the hind end of a jackass.

  • bvi (14/07/2013, 17:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No human rights and wrongfull imprisonment is injustice also.. Bvi need to check themselves before pointing fingers... Natures little secret
  • Amen (14/07/2013, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some how Satan got in there and lead folks/jurers astray.
  • So (15/07/2013, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A set up, to bring down the black man.
  • 1 (15/07/2013, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Something is going on. Don't let it get the best of you people of colour.


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