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Do you agree with the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial?

ABC News U.S. 2013/07/14 02:44:58
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George Zimmerman's trial in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin lasted nearly three weeks and concluded Saturday night with an acquittal. The case prompted debate nationwide over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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THE VERDICT

Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in last year's death of Martin, who was black. The jury had the option to consider manslaughter but declined to convict him of the lesser charge. The six jurors considered nearly three weeks of testimony and delivered the verdict late Saturday night after two days and a total of 15 hours of deliberations.

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RALLIES

Around the country, rallies and protests were held Saturday night and Sunday. They ranged in size from a few dozen to several hundred protesters and were largely peaceful, with few arrests. Vandalism of a police squad car was reported at an Oakland, Calif., demonstration. Many supporters of the Martin family wore hoodies, as the teen did when he died.

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  • lauren dull 2013/07/17 02:36:48
    Yes
    lauren dull
    +11
    From the very beginning I thought something was wrong when they kept showing a photo of a very young boy ( not a 17 year old ). I knew it was a visual lie. So I rightfully thought George was innocent or they would not do that. It made them look like liars with something to hide.

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  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2013/07/26 03:04:59
    Yes
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    yes
  • BYRON POTTER 2013/07/23 03:09:45
    No
    BYRON  POTTER
    Zimmerman is ' GUILTY ' !!! What if Trayvon was white. How meny would protest? Not Blacks.
  • susan 2013/07/22 21:21:56
    Yes
    susan
    +1
    This case should never have been about race. In a community where break-ins were increasingly common to the point where neighborhood watch people were having to be on duty, any person, no matter what their skin color, would have been reported and watched.
    It is unfortunate that Martin was shot, but he chose to attack the neighborhood watch person rather than mind his own business and go home. Whether he was black, white, asian, or hispanic, any teen punk who made that stupid decision would have been in the same boat.
  • Ben Richards 2013/07/22 18:20:17
    Yes
    Ben Richards
    +2
    With all the race bating that has gone in this case, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a move to change the law that would require a white man to prove his innocence because it has gotten to the point that whites are presumed guilty and a verdict of guilty is demanded by the media and blacks in any case that involves a minority.
  • William Weber 2013/07/22 14:06:07
    No
    William Weber
    It's kinda complicated, my opinion. I think both of them were wrong. I do think Martin attacked, which he shouldn't have done. I do think Zimmerman stalked, which he shouldn't have done. I do think Zimmerman was being provocative, which he shouldn't have done, and there is no denying he had some racial profiling involved with his decision to hunt down Martin. Zimmerman, this big tough guy, got his ass kicked in a fight with a 130 pound 17 year old, and he felt embarrassed so he pulled a gun, because if his defense is to be believed, there is no way he could have pulled a gun when Martin was on top of him. Martin was, however, almost home, and he should have just ran home and not confronted Zimmerman. Zimmerman shouldn't have stalked him. This is a tragedy caused by both sides.The real person/people that should be on trial are the people who gave a gun and an ounce of even minuscule authority to someone who is mentally unstable, and has a violent history. I think, in my mind, Zimmerman thought he was doing what was right, but he's also crazy. That's why this witch hunt is wrong, you shouldn't go after crazy people as if they are criminals, you need to go after them as if they are what they are, crazy.
  • Nucky Thompson 2013/07/22 09:31:46
  • debrarae POTL _ PWCM 2013/07/22 01:29:45
    Yes
    debrarae POTL _ PWCM
    FACT: George Zimmerman was 'supposed' to be there watching his neighborhood

    FACT: (according to the actual testimony as aired on HLN news) George Zimmerman followed Martin, then Lost Martin which was when Martin double back and 'jumped' him causing Martin to lose his life ...and his parents to lose their son.

    That brings us to the 'last' fact. IF Martin had not double backed and jumped Zimmerman in the 1st place, he'd still be alive; and the Martins would still have their son with them.
  • MisterOriginal 2013/07/21 20:06:15
    Yes
    MisterOriginal
    From everything I heard, justice was served.
  • ☆Ed☆ 2013/07/21 04:41:50
    Yes
    ☆Ed☆
    So far, by using YOUR OWN STATISTICS, (and considering the FACT that you've conveniently NOT provided a link to the data you're using), you've only proven that either your statistics, or YOU, are LYING!!!

    I won't waste my time itemizing each and every discrepancy between your statistics and statements, but one that stands out loudly is your claim that "74% of black voters said they did not agree with the verdict", and the FACT is, the demographics do NOT show "race"!!!
  • Primaltare 2013/07/19 15:44:16
    Yes
    Primaltare
    +2
    Must we go back to the facts? Whatever.
  • ☆Ed☆ Primaltare 2013/07/21 04:43:22
    ☆Ed☆
    +1
    The problem is that those that disagree with the verdict choose to IGNORE the FACTS!!!
  • mich52 2013/07/19 12:36:53
  • Diogenesdaughter 2013/07/19 04:31:53
    No
    Diogenesdaughter
    +3
    Let's examine the KNOWN facts:
    1. George Zimmerman STARTED the incident by deciding to follow Trayvon Martin for no other reason than racial profiling.
    2. Trayvon had commited NO crime in front of George Zimmerman to cause him to follow him.
    3. Zimmerman was told to stand down and wait for police. He decided to be a vigilante.
    4. Trayvon is dead. The ONLY account we have of what happened comes from the man who shot him. Would he say anything to jeopardize his own story?
    5. We do not KNOW who attacked whom, but we know who is dead. An unarmed young man.
    6. Zimmerman had as troubled a past as Trayvon with run ins with the law, being rejected by the police due to mental instability and playing cop in the guise of a neighborhood watch man with over 46 recorded calls to local police, mostly about young blacks in "his" neighborhood.
    7. Zimmerman is supposedly an adult and should have know better than to do any of the above. The fact that he didn't speaks to his unstable mental condition. He should never have been ALLOWED to have a gun.
    8. George Zimmerman is now a KNOWN to be dangerous man who has no qualms about shooting people who are unarmed. Anyone encountering him alone should shoot first.
  • Sofahead Diogene... 2013/07/19 08:25:03 (edited)
    Sofahead
    +4
    Not ALL your known facts have more that a nodding acquaintance with reality.

    "George Zimmerman STARTED the incident by deciding to follow Trayvon Martin for no other reason than racial profiling."
    In a neigbour with recent break ins and robberies, one a home invasion, the reason the neighborhood watch was formed.

    911 call except.
    "ZIMMERMAN: We've had some break-ins neighborhoods and there's this suspicious guy, this guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around and looking about."

    "Zimmerman was told to stand down and wait for police."
    911 call except.
    "UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: Are you following him?
    ZIMMERMAN: Yes.
    UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: OK. We don't need you to do that."
    Not exactly the same thing as being told to stand down.

    "being rejected by the police due to mental instability"
    Really?
    "Prince William County Police Lt. Scott Kearns was only on the stand for a short amount of time but testified that Zimmerman did indeed apply to the force years ago.

    He said Zimmerman stated on his application that he spoke Spanish, but they never verified that he was fluent. Kearns also testified that Zimmerman had bad credit, and that's why his application was ultimately rejected. The prosecutor pointed out that Zimm...







    Not ALL your known facts have more that a nodding acquaintance with reality.

    "George Zimmerman STARTED the incident by deciding to follow Trayvon Martin for no other reason than racial profiling."
    In a neigbour with recent break ins and robberies, one a home invasion, the reason the neighborhood watch was formed.

    911 call except.
    "ZIMMERMAN: We've had some break-ins neighborhoods and there's this suspicious guy, this guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. It's raining and he's just walking around and looking about."

    "Zimmerman was told to stand down and wait for police."
    911 call except.
    "UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: Are you following him?
    ZIMMERMAN: Yes.
    UNIDENTIFIED DISPATCHER: OK. We don't need you to do that."
    Not exactly the same thing as being told to stand down.

    "being rejected by the police due to mental instability"
    Really?
    "Prince William County Police Lt. Scott Kearns was only on the stand for a short amount of time but testified that Zimmerman did indeed apply to the force years ago.

    He said Zimmerman stated on his application that he spoke Spanish, but they never verified that he was fluent. Kearns also testified that Zimmerman had bad credit, and that's why his application was ultimately rejected. The prosecutor pointed out that Zimmerman's financial situation would've made him vulnerable to criminals."

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/...

    "George Zimmerman is now a KNOWN to be dangerous man who has no qualms about shooting people who are unarmed."

    Pray tell, how was Zimmerman supposed to know Trayvon wasn't armed. If the Trayvon hadn't had his screwdriver taken from him at school along with the jewelry from a nearby robbery, I guess he would of been armed. By rights he should of been arrested for having these items in possession.

    http://spectator.org/blog/201...
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  • Evelyn Sofahead 2013/07/20 18:19:52
    Evelyn
    +2
    A thousand raves for that post. People don't get the facts they just listened to people like Obama, Holder, Jackson, Sharpton and follow them like a bunch of sheep. Trayvon had slapped a school bus driver in the face 2 days before this incident. The bus driver's boss told him not to call the cops to let the school handle it. That is when they found everything in his backpack, pot, screwdriver and gold jewelry he claimed he found on the way to school. Maybe if they had called the police he might have been locked up instead of just being suspended from school. Trayvon's girlfriend had also chided him for fighting. Trayvon's own father was sitting there in the courtroom in Florida with a turtleneck on as hot as it was to cover up his own gang tattoos. There are videos of Trayvon on the internet throwing out the bird and gang signs. I am so sick of people referring to him as a poor little innocent child. The last thing he said to the girl on the phone was I got a little gettin off gettin off to do. There was a 4 minute gap from that time until the fight broke out. Trayvon could have went home, but no he was sneaking around so he could sucker punch George. There are more young black males killed by other young black males than anyone else. Maybe the fathers and mothers should discourage their kids from joining gangs and not condone it.
  • ☆Ed☆ Sofahead 2013/07/21 04:46:59
    ☆Ed☆
    +1
    Aw geez!!! There you go, using FACTS!!! Don't you realize that they live by the creed, "Don't confuse them with facts, they're far too confused already."!!!
  • john Kills 2013/07/18 20:57:47
    Yes
    john Kills
    +4
    if a man has me down and beating my head on concrete, i will shoot him.
  • Jarhead 2013/07/18 18:06:33
    No
    Jarhead
    not even a little bit
  • Jeremy 2013/07/18 17:46:56
    No
    Jeremy
    +2
    He's a murderer and it was not his job to shoot the unarmed young man. He got off while being guilty just like slutty Casey Anthony. Maybe the two should hook up. They're a match made in hell.
  • Sofahead Jeremy 2013/07/21 14:55:39 (edited)
    Sofahead
    I think your passion might be misplaced. This probably would of ended with a happier conclusion if that cow Rachael Jeantel hadn't, during their famous/infamous phono call, suggested Zimmerman was a rapist*, multipling Trayvon's apprehension, giving him greater reason to attack Zimmerman.

    * This was not included in the evidence she gave in court, but revealed during her lengthy interview with Piers Morgan.
  • Juan 2013/07/18 17:32:47
    Yes
    Juan
    +2
    There is the Court of Public Opinion and there is the Rule of Law. It is my sincere hope that our criminal justice system never allows itself to stoop to the level of basing it's motives for filing criminal charges on political pressure or even popular opinion rather than the rule of law. To do otherwise is the hallmark of tyranny. Let the law and changes to the law be decided in the Congress and the State Houses where the people have a real voice.
    The jury has spoken on the George Zimmerman case in a valid judicial proceeding. There is no evidence to indicate racial bias on the part of the Florida Judicial system and even less that George Zimmerman acted out of racial malice. The DOJ going on a fishing expedition or even conducting a public opinion survey in this case, at this time, will only fan the flames of emotional discontent among the people and further divide them. We are dangerously close to real hate crimes being committed. It is time to reflect calmly and peacefully on the issues this case presents. The DOJ should not lead that conversation, that is not it's job.
  • Evelyn Juan 2013/07/20 18:31:25
    Evelyn
    +1
    Agreed. Just like when this first happened Obama came out and said "If I had a son he would have looked like Trayvon" Then he came out yesterday and said that he made the statement that if he had a son it could have happened to him too. Always talking out of both sides of his mouth. What did Obama come out and say when 3 black males walked up to a woman a demanded money then shot her little baby in the face and killed it. When the cops asked them why they shot the baby. Their answer was Just for Fun. Didn't hear Obama come out and say anything about that. Black Panther's can threaten white people at the poles all they want to and Eric Holder drops all the charges against them. No answers about Benghazi. No answers about fast and furious. I bet the Terry family would like some answers about their son being killed too. But of course he wasn't black so he doesn't count. I am so sick of all these double standards. The president has no business coming out and speaking about any case that has not even been to the courts. Just like when he first got into office and the police found a drunk black man kicking in the door of a house and they arrested him. Obama first thing came out and defended the guy. Yea, it was his own house and he was so drunk he had lost his keys and couldn't ge...
    Agreed. Just like when this first happened Obama came out and said "If I had a son he would have looked like Trayvon" Then he came out yesterday and said that he made the statement that if he had a son it could have happened to him too. Always talking out of both sides of his mouth. What did Obama come out and say when 3 black males walked up to a woman a demanded money then shot her little baby in the face and killed it. When the cops asked them why they shot the baby. Their answer was Just for Fun. Didn't hear Obama come out and say anything about that. Black Panther's can threaten white people at the poles all they want to and Eric Holder drops all the charges against them. No answers about Benghazi. No answers about fast and furious. I bet the Terry family would like some answers about their son being killed too. But of course he wasn't black so he doesn't count. I am so sick of all these double standards. The president has no business coming out and speaking about any case that has not even been to the courts. Just like when he first got into office and the police found a drunk black man kicking in the door of a house and they arrested him. Obama first thing came out and defended the guy. Yea, it was his own house and he was so drunk he had lost his keys and couldn't get in. How were the police to know that. What should they have done? Just kept on going after watching someone trying to kick a door down. Obama should be worrying about the mess he has made out of this country and less about things he knows nothing of and stop making comments when he does not know the facts.
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  • Bill 2013/07/18 14:41:53
    Yes
    Bill
    +4
    Even the brilliant "Precious" couldn't get him convicted. The prosecution's STAR witness. I though I was watching a satire on the "Daily Show". She was funny.
  • Jiorgia 2013/07/18 05:15:45
    Yes
    Jiorgia
    There is reasonable doubt about his guilt when it comes to the murder charge and therefore, I agree with the verdict.
    But I truly hope that he has learnt his lesson, because as a direct result of his actions he killed a teenage boy.
  • V~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2013/07/18 02:22:21
    Yes
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    The first crime of the evening was the first punch in the fight. Up until then, both participants made foolish (but legal) decisions.

    The prosecution spent the entire trial dancing around the fact that nobody (including the prosecution) thought GZ threw the first punch. If the jury believed GZ, then TM was the aggressor. Or they could disregard GZ's statements and base their ruling on reasonable doubt. Same verdict either way. The jury got it right.
  • Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy 2013/07/18 01:34:45
    Yes
    Jesse-Tired of Liberal Lunacy
    +4
    Zimmerman was defending himself as we ALL have a right to do (regardless of what color our attacker is)
  • DebraJMSmith 2013/07/17 23:01:17
    Yes
    DebraJMSmith
    +4
    Absolutely!
  • coytle 2013/07/17 22:42:04
    No
    coytle
    +7
    Trayvon exercised the stand your ground law when he was being followed by a wanna be cop with a complex. He was unfortunately unarmed. The man that followed him would never have done so without his gun. He lied about not knowing what the stand your ground law was. He went to school for criminal justice and he took 2 years of mixed martial arts training. He didn't even attempt to use less than deadly force after he started the confrontation. The jury did not examine the evidence properly. Look at the photo of trayvon on the ground. Find the sidewalk. See
  • FlyGalsMom coytle 2013/07/18 01:41:00
    FlyGalsMom
    +2
    I take issue with the term "WANNA BE COP" Since when is aspiring to be a Law Enforcement Officer, something to be ashamed of as a career?
  • Jiorgia FlyGalsMom 2013/07/18 05:10:08
    Jiorgia
    +2
    Wannabe = pretending to be not aspiring to be
  • Mr. Smith 2013/07/17 20:47:28
    Yes
    Mr. Smith
    +9
    Once you gather all the facts, Zimmerman was clearly exercising self defense. Those who "believe" otherwise are simply ignoring the facts and going purely on emotion and spin manufactured by the MSM and promoted by the poverty pimps (Jackson, Sharpton, Holder, Obama, et al).
  • diloka12 2013/07/17 17:40:26
  • Keith LaFountaine 2013/07/17 16:57:09
    No
    Keith LaFountaine
    There was obviously enough reasonable doubt to release Zimmerman, but I still think he's guilty of murder.
  • mustangluver 2013/07/17 15:50:53
    Yes
    mustangluver
    +4
    It is a matter of common sense. When you make a decision to attack someone, you could be killed. TM had no common sense. Florida State has a Stand-Your-Ground law on the books that applies to everyone. Like it or not, that is the law. Martin was not the “child” pictured in old photographs the media and race baiters peddled to drum up compassion. Sanford police reported Martin’s height at 6 feet and his weight at over 160 pounds.

    The prosecution presented abusive witnesses that gave false testimony. Instead of generating perjury charges, the public was practically commanded to sympathize with them. The black community, long indoctrinated in a policy of “If I say it, it must be true,” is not expected to regard the law as something that pertains to them. Political correctness sanctions accusations and behaviors that, from the majority of Americans, would be considered racist; unacceptable and illegal.
  • rbeas mustang... 2013/07/17 22:58:05 (edited)
    rbeas
    +1
    Martin was 5'11" weighed 158pounds when he was murdered George was 5'8 weighed 208 pounds when he pulled the trigger. Like it or not martin was 16 years 3 weeks old he was a boy.the man was almost twice his age.but acted half the age of the boy.
  • mustang... rbeas 2013/07/18 17:08:49
    mustangluver
    +1
    Nope, GZ was 5'8 and 160 lbs and had no fighting skills. TM was a football player and a line backer and knew how to tackle and incapacitate someone and he was an MMA wannabe..
  • rbeas mustang... 2013/07/18 18:27:23 (edited)
    rbeas
    No wonder you guys have no problem setting a killer free your half truths and flat out lies makes me wonder about the righteous right and their salvation.martin had not played football in years but that has no bearing on the truth THE MMA WANNABE WAS THE FAT BASTARD WITH THE GUN WHO ENDED UP IN THE BODY CAST after two years of lessons .
  • ☆Ed☆ rbeas 2013/07/21 04:56:37
    ☆Ed☆
    And just what is your "source" for the vital statistics of EITHER man???
  • SunShine 2013/07/17 15:11:59 (edited)
    Yes
    SunShine
    +6
    The 2nd degree murder charge should never been filed.. and the prosecutor who was playing politics, is being held accountable for her fraud. I hope she goes to jail for a long time.
  • rbeas SunShine 2013/07/18 18:41:21 (edited)
    rbeas
    The prosecution was doing their job. Nothing more they didn't do a very good job bu they did it.
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