Meanwhile, civil rights leaders including Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Benjamin Jealous, head of the NACCP, are calling for the Department of Justice to prosecute Zimmerman for shooting the Florida teen on February 26, 2012.
“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,” Jealous said in a statement.
But Robert Zimmerman said black leaders should “cool their jets,” adding that “agitation doesn’t help us.”
“We welcomed, actually, that investigation through the FBI when they originally started investigating George,” Robert Zimmerman said on CNN. “They’ve investigated, I think, about three dozen of his closest friends and acquaintances. And there is not any inkling of racism.”
Thousands of Americans – black, white, and Hispanic — rallied last weekend in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Detroit, New York and other cities. In New York, demonstrators marched across Manhattan and filled Times Square. “This is what democracy looks like,” they chanted.
“Two years ago, as the story of Trayvon Martin rose to national prominence, thousands of Americans across this country felt the pain of the Martin family,” Rep. Marcia Fudge said in a statement. “This weekend, when the not guilty verdict was delivered, we all felt it once again.”
“Trayvon was an innocent teenager who died because George Zimmerman chose to take the law into his own hands,” Fudge said. “Trayvon was neither on trial in this case, nor was he responsible for his own death, and it should never be assumed or accepted that he was.”
In Sanford, Florida, however, Zimmerman’s legal team remains defiant.
“Nothing can bring back Trayvon Martin,” O’Mara said in a press conference after the verdict. “But I’m not going to shy away from the fact that the evidence showed George Zimmerman did nothing wrong.”
And now, with Zimmerman free and feeling vindicated, he may soon be carrying his 9-mm semi-automatic handgun — again.