This is a crushing decision for the Martin family. They had to fight to get Zimmerman arrested. Once arrested, they had to fight to ensure that the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot their unarmed son in the heart was held accountable before a jury. And now they must deal with the disappointment of their verdict.
But the decision is a blow to those of us who believed that Zimmerman profiled Trayvon as a criminal, who believed that Zimmerman shot him dead after an altercation of the wanna-be cop’s initiation, who believed that Zimmerman’s version of events — from his reenactment of the events to what he said he did with Trayvon’s hands to where his gun was holstered — never added up.
“We can live with a jury verdict,” Crump told me four months ago. Tonight, we all have to live with that verdict. That’s our justice system. We don’t have to like the jury’s decision. But we must respect it.
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