George Zimmerman’s murder trial, in Sanford, FL, involving 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has now come to a close. Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY of second degree murder, as well as NOT GUILTY of Manslaughter.
If you’ve been following the case, it was an intense and almost overwhelmingly emotional trial as it seemed to be a slam dunk case of a young black man walking in his own neighborhood and being followed, then killed, by a White/Hispanic man who believed he was “a threat”.
The Defense essentially won their self-defense argument, and the non-diverse jury of six women, made up of at least 5 white women, came back with a completely Not Guilty verdict. While it was shocking, it wasn’t as shocking to many people with legal expertise and those who have been watching the case and hoping that the jury heard what was really important.
Legal experts believe there were several misses by the Prosecution that would have caused Zimmerman to be found guilty, based on the evidence that was indeed there–but not used properly. Including the facets of racism that were ignored, yet strategically was still used by the defense (as the judge mandated “RACIAL profiling” was not brought into this.)
Our thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon’s mother & father, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as Trayvon’s family, as WE support the Justice For Trayvon movement and justice for anyone who is wrongfully killed.