Nearly a year and a half after having been nearly beaten to death by Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was declared “not guilty” by a jury of his peers in a trial perpetrated by politics, fueled by racist tensions and propelled to the front-page by subservient media .
George Zimmerman never disputed the fact that he shot Mr. Martin. The only determination left to the jury was whether George was acting in self-defense while the larger and stronger Martin was on top of him or if he should have found a different way to deal with the situation.
The jury unanimously ruled that Zimmerman had no way to protect himself other than to use lethal force to answer lethal force.
After the verdict, defense attorney Mark O’Mara said, “George Zimmerman was never guilty of anything except protecting himself in self defense.”
Once the prosecution realized that the murder charge they had pushed for was unattainable with only emotion in their favor, they asked for the lesser charge of manslaughter to be considered.
The jury of six women considered the original charge of second degree murder, the lesser charge of manslaughter and in the face of woeful evidence, found the accused non guilty.
Florida State Attorney General let people know that the system worked and that she believed justice had been done by saying, “we respect the jury’s verdict.”
Racially motivated, NAACP’s president Benjamin Jealous fumed, “We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict” and vowed to pursue “civil rights charges” in the case.
The question remains whether emotions will take over releasing riots in Florida’s streets or whether civility and respect for the jury’s verdict will rule the night.