The verdict is the culmination of a case that captured the nation’s attention and will undoubtedly be imprinted in America’s history. For Zimmerman, it means trying to recapture his life after he was at the center of a national maelstrom over racial profiling, state gun laws, and what constitutes self-defense.
The not guilty verdict means the jury of six women found that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to himself — Florida’s definition of self-defense.
The unidentified jurors decided Zimmerman didn’t “intentionally commit an act or acts that caused death” or demonstrate a “depraved mind without regard for human life”—Florida’s definitions of manslaughter and second degree murder, respectively.
Even the crowd of protesters outside of the courtroom after the verdict was read stood in silence – although it was not a “stunned silence.” But legal analysts say they were not surprised because the prosecution did not prove its case. We have reported earlier that we did not feel as though this action belonged in a courtroom.
In Zimmerman’s case, State Attorney Angela Corey stepped in and charged Zimmerman with murder on April 11, 2012. Prosecutors however never argued that Zimmerman racially profiled the teen and instead said the teen was profiled as a criminal.
“The defense did a phenomenal job of presenting their case through the state’s witnesses,” Parker said. “They were able to get George Zimmerman’s testimony in through several witnesses –sparing him from having to undergo vigorous cross-examination by these bulldog prosecutors.”
“You have a little black boy who was killed,” said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the parents of Trayvon. “It’s going to be reported in history books and 50 years from now, our children will talk about Trayvon Martin’s case like we talk about Emmett Till.”
It is not surprising that with thoughts and emotions that viewed the situation in those terms that one would have a legitimate fear of rioting.
First Trayvon Martin was not a “little black boy” who was killed. Secondly, we find it almost ridiculous that Martin’s case would ever be measured against the ordeal and bull squat that was overly apparent in the Emmet Till matter. Third, this is how advocacy groups and other’s not to be named people incite riots.
However, and most importantly how many of us, sitting and reading this article ever heard of the atrocities that happened to Emmit Till?
We feel again that this particular matter did not belong in a courtroom. We certainly do not mean that pulling guns to settle differences is the proper way – all one really need to do is to look at how the prosecution put on a weak, weak trial. Furthermore, we ask those who are befuddled by this decision to please look at Arizona’s pending case of murder in the matter of Daniel Adkins.