Where Do We Go From Here? Trayvon Martin’s Supporters React to Verdict

The acquittal of George Zimmerman sparks public outrage.
Church services in Miami Gardens, FL, a day after the verdict. (Photo: Angel Velentin/Getty Images)
Jul 14, 2013· 2 MIN READ
A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades has previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and a medical writer.

Those were the words of Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy, last night after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of his son.

This morning (and for the forseeable future), the country remains fixed on what the acquittal means for what’s often called “a post-racial America”—spurring heated debates about race, gun control, and our judicial system, to name just a few.

While the decision may have brought Florida’s case to a close, it’s done nothing to unify opinions about it.

Even among those who believe in the righteousness of the verdict, there are divides; those who find that the jury’s decision accurately reflected what the evidence presented—not necessarily what actually occurred on the night Martin was shot—and others who are adamant that Zimmerman, under the law and in practice, acted in self-defense.

But those who are outraged by the decision are raising their voices, publicly demonstrating and pressuring the Department of Justice to bring federal charges against Zimmerman.

Here are just a few of those reactions.

Demonstrations sprung up in cities from San Francisco to Washington D.C. The latter in particular carried on through much of the night and into today. Many more are expected throughout the coming weeks.

Keeping its word, the NAACP put up a petition asking the Department of Justice to federally prosecute Zimmerman for violating Martin’s civil rights. Within hours of last night’s verdict, the petition exceeded over 100,000 signatures.

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