President Barack Obama has released a statement following Zimmerman not guilty verdict.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
Source: DAILYMAIL UK
“GEORGE ZIMMERMAN FREED OF MURDER CHARGES”
The Florida neighbourhood watchman who shot dead Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old male last year, has been freed of murder charges.
Lawyers for 29 year old George Zimmerman, argued that he acted in self-defence and with justifiable use of deadly force in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The jury retired on Friday to consider its verdict on charges of either second-degree murder or manslaughter. The case sparked a fierce debate about racial profiling in the US.
After the verdict, Judge Deborah Nelson told Mr Zimmerman he was free to go. Mr Zimmerman showed little reaction as the verdict was read out.
Correspondents said the case brought into sharp relief some of the most divisive issues in the United States: race, gun control and equal justice under the law.
Florida police did not arrest Mr Zimmerman for six weeks after the shooting, provoking mass rallies in Florida and throughout the US.
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