George Zimmerman verdict reactions following acquittal
11:01 PM, Jul 13, 2013
4:06 PM, Jul 14, 2013
(CNN) -- Reactions to the verdict in the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a Florida jury Saturday night on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012:
Tweets from Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father
-- "God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS."
-- "Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY"
-- "Thanks to everyone who are with us and who will be with us (so) we together can make sure that this doesn't happen again"
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey: "We believe that we brought out the truth on behalf of Trayvon Martin."
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda: "(The system is) not perfect, but it's the best of the world," he said of the jury system. "And we respect the jury's verdict.
Defense attorney Don West: "I am gratified by the jury's verdict. As happy as I am for George Zimmerman, I'm thrilled that this jury kept this tragedy from becoming a travesty."
"The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice," said the Rev. Al Sharpton. "We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps. And intend to head to Florida in the next few days."
Russell Simmons @UncleRUSH
-- "I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful."
John Legend @johnlegend
-- "My heart hurts"
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock: "Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family. 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: "We are outraged and heartbroken over today's verdict. 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: "We lost a young man due to senseless violence, but justice did not prevail. 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."
Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: "There is sharp disagreement over the verdict, but there can be no disagreement over the reason why Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman had a gun that night, and the state of Florida allowed him to carry it virtually anywhere despite a violent history. ... We will work as long, and as hard as it takes to prevent more tragedies like Trayvon Martin's."