Last night, as my family and I were watching (note I didn’t say ‘enjoying’) a movie, I received a message on my smartphone alerting me to a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. In case you have been in a coma for the past many months, George Zimmerman is the neighborhood watch volunteer arrested for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The verdict was not guilty.
From the very start this case has polarized people and caused very high emotions. Some folks feel that Zimmerman killed Martin in a race-hate fueled act while others believe that Martin attacked Zimmerman and he was justified in pulling the trigger. Even the President of the United States got into the act when he stated that, if he had a son, he would “look like Trayvon.”
Now, I know it seems like everyone has an opinion on this case, but I really don’t. I find the entire series of events to be quite troubling and sad. I wasn’t there so I really don’t know what occurred. I’ll trust that the jury deliberated in good faith and carefully considered the evidence that was presented to them in the courtroom. After all, that is all they are legally allowed to consider.
What I do find troubling are the various reactions to the verdict. As soon as it was announced, people took to Twitter to threaten violence and riots. Some even went so far as to threaten the lives of Zimmerman, his family and the jury.
Folks, I understand the frustration, but that’s just not right.
Celebrities even got into the act.
If you disagree with the verdict, place the blame where it most likely belongs… with the prosecutor. After all, the prosecutor was charged with presenting a case that met the legal burden of proof which is that George Zimmerman was guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Apparently, they failed to do that. Either the evidence didn’t exist or the prosecutor failed to present it adequately.
I feel very sad that a young man lost his life, that Zimmerman has had his life shattered by these events and that two families were severely damaged if not totally destroyed. My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.