The George Zimmerman verdict is in -- not guilty. The trial ended Saturday and the Florida defendant was acquitted with a verdict of not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Though many believed the Fla. murder trial might end in manslaughter charges, earning George Zimmermann up to 20 years in prison, after 16 ½ hours of deliberation the jury of 6 women reached the verdict of not guilty allowing George Zimmerman to go free. (See video of George Zimmerman trial verdict being read below)
When the George Zimmerman trail verdict was read, the defendant remained calm, shaking hands with his attorney and cracking the slightest smile and then leaving the courtroom in a composed manner. It seems the jury found Zimmerman not guilty due to lacking evidence that he had killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Now the man will be free for the time being. However, Zimmerman could soon see another trial date as the NAACP reacted passionately to the not guilty verdict.
The verdict was so dramatically different than what had been expected that soon the NAACP spoke up concerning the ruling, stating plans to continue seeking justice for the fallen Trayvon Martin. Here are a few of the reactions from NAACP leading members in response to George Zimmerman verdict of not guilty.
NAACP Responds To George Zimmerman Verdict
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock Response:
"Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family," said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. "We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States."
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous Response:
"We are outraged and heartbroken over today's verdict," said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. "We stand with Trayvon's family and we are called to act. We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state, and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed."
NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze Response:
"We lost a young man due to senseless violence, but justice did not prevail," said Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida NAACP State Conference. "Last year we pushed for the arrest of George Zimmerman and a thorough investigation and trial. Today, we are still called to act. No one should be allowed to use this law to commit a senseless crime again."
NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston of Baltimore Response:
"Tonight's not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin is an incredible miscarriage of justice. I am terribly saddened by this travesty and am afraid for the lives of black boys and black men everywhere. Tonight George Zimmerman will go home to his family and friends but there will be no comfort for Trayvon's parents because their son will never be able to come home. The jury has allowed a murderer to go free and has sent a message about the value they place on the life of black children. This is a moment for us to calmly reflect on what we have witnessed but that reflection can only last for a moment because we must continue to work diligently to rid our world of the hatred, the racism and the sickening profiling that led to the death of Trayvon Martin."
According to the president of the NAACP, Benjamin Todd Jealous, the organization is looking at options to press charges against Zimmerman at the federal level for violating Martin's civil rights.
"At the end of the day, we know that there are even more avenues than those that have been pursued to hold Mr. Zimmerman accountable for killing Trayvon Martin and we will support the family in any that they choose to pursue," said Jealous.
Watch George Zimmerman Verdict Not Gulty Reading Video
Trayvon Martin's Family Respond To Zimmerman Verdict
Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr. told reporters he was glad his brother George Zimmerman was not found guilty of murder or manslaughter. He tweeted: "Today ... I'm proud to be an American."
Meanwhile, Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, spoke of their disappointment with the not guilty verdict while holding strong to their faith.
"Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you." said Maritn's mother.
Meanwhile,Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father tweeted that he was broken-hearted, but that his faith is "unshattered.
Meanwhile, Twitter users who heard the news that George Zimmerman had been acquitted with a verdict of not guilty also had commentary to add.
Here are some of their thoughts in the matter.
Twitter Response To George Zimmerman Verdict
— Mama Suze (@susiegirltellem) July 14, 2013
Typical correlation. Liberals are outraged by #ZimmermanTrial verdict. Conservatives elated. So much for people pretending to be objective — Darwin's Money (@EverydayFinance) July 14, 2013
People shocked about Zimmerman trial verdict didn't watch it an don't understand Florida's LAW and definition of "Stand ur Ground" #ridic — Terry MacCauley (@theterryterry) July 14, 2013
Our hearts r breaking for Trayvon Martin's Family after tonights NOT GUILTY verdict against George Zimmerman. RIP you beautiful angel <3 — We love the Knights (@Jon_JordanGirls) July 14, 2013
Zimmerman found not guilty! How dare he crack a smile after the verdict was read! OUTRAGEOUS! #racialprofiling — KiMiNeM (@HrtBr8kr_21) July 14, 2013
Had a feeling Zimmerman would win the case, but still upset at the verdict. More reason to do something about these ass-backwards gun laws. — Gummy (@grizzlyGummy) July 14, 2013
I know every african american CNN employee was smiling inside while hearing the statement from the NAACP about "re-energizing" this case ! — Rashard Holiday (@HolidayRashard) July 14, 2013
What? How on earth is Zimmerman not guilty? — Dylan Ryan (@IHeartAlba) July 14, 2013
I still can't believe they found Zimmerman "not guilty" ! That's bullshit! — Layyyy ❤ (@TeddyBLover_) July 14, 2013
If Zimmerman not guilty, they should let all my niggas out jail then — MakeHerTapOut (@DopeLesbo_) July 14, 2013
Unfortunately with Florida's laws Zimmerman IS not guilty. The stand your ground law is very flawed. — Allen Drazila (@Allendrizzle) July 14, 2013
Florida keeps getting it wrong, 2000 Presidential election, voter rights, Zimmerman trial verdict. Shameful... — Joyce P. (@jtp4evr) July 14, 2013
Just now hearing the Zimmerman verdict.. All I can say is my prayers go out to the Martin family. God will handle the rest. — ΚΔΜΔRΙΔ (@_iBeenDope) July 14, 2013
The #Zimmerman verdict makes me literally sick. It's now okay to disobey police orders and shoot someone who brings Skittles to a gun fight? — Pretty Zoe Princess (@xXx_GorgeousZoe) July 14, 2013
Zimmerman acquittal: tough verdict to accept but we have to be reminded justice cuts both ways. — Moses Odhiambo (@mosestein) July 14, 2013
What are your thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict of not guilty? How should the family of Trayvon Martin family and supporters respond to the news?