BREAKING: GEORGE ZIMMERMAN—NOT GUILTY!
Guest Post by Mara Zebest
Breaking: George Zimmerman found NOT GUILTY! Justice has been done and both sides should celebrate since this proves any individual has the right to self-defense.
It begins. The Baltimore chapter of NAACP released the following statement regarding the NOT GUILTY verdict (grammatical errors left as written):
The president of the Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP is calling Saturday night’s acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, “an incredible miscarriage of justice.”
Tessa Hill-Aston released a statement minutes after the verdict was read.
“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,” Hill-Aston said.
“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 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.”
Baltimore City Police officials and civic leaders were scheduled to hold a news conference late Saturday night to address the verdict. City officials had called for calm if Zimmerman was acquitted.
The Baltimore People’s Power Assembly is organizing a demonstration at McKeldin Square at the corner of Pratt and Light Streets. It is likely that will take place on Sunday afternoon, as organizers had said the demonstration would take place one day after the verdict is announced.
Is violence implied in this call for action by the following NAACP statement?
“It’s important that people come out and express how they feel, what a travesty the while situation is,” organizer Steven Ceci told WBAL-TV.
“We’ve been working with organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the All People’s Congress, different churches.”
After the killing last year, there were demonstrations in Baltimore and Annapolis. Organizers believe Martin was racially profiled by Zimmerman, and that led to Martin’s death.
Breitbart has a timeline of the media’s prosecution of Zimmerman: Guilty until proven innocent: How the press presecuted Zimmerman while stoking racial tensions.