Zimmerman Acquitted of All Charges
|George Zimmerman awaits his fate yesterday.|
The all-female Seminole County jury elected to work into the weekend, deliberating on Friday night and into Saturday, before finding the accused neighborhood watchman not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.
You know the case; the self-appointed night watchman has a confrontation with Trayvon Martin, a teenager whose father lived in the community Zimmerman was patrolling. The case featured Florida's so-called "stand-your-ground" self-defense statute and acquired a civil rights dimension due to the alleged racial profiling component of Zimmerman's actions.
Even President Obama publicly commented on the proceedings, remarking that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. Here in the 313, the Coalition Against Police Brutality has planned a public protest of the verdict. Demonstrations erupted, briefly, in streets of Los Angeles, CA, when news of the verdict broke.