People from around the world, including here in Houston, reacted Saturday night to the verdict in the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a Florida jury on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
“This ruling proves racial profiling is still an issue that can lead to? devastating and lasting impacts,” wrote Judson Robinson III, president of the Houston Area Urban League. “We must do better.”
"It's all about reasonable doubt,” said Local 2 legal analyst Brian Wice. “Prosecutors didn't make their case. It's interesting because there were only three possibilities: guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter, and not guilty. In Scottland, there's three verdict forms: guilty, not guilty and not proven. This may be a not proven as much as it was not guilty."
"I think it was justified,” said Houston resident Brad Synder. “The guy, he stepped across the line and he had to protect himself."
Stacie Roberts of League City said she followed the trial very closely and wasn't surprised by the verdict. Still, she was disappointed.
"I really feel bad for the parents,” said Roberts. “I honestly sympathize with his parents. If that was my son, I would want something… a guilty verdict, something. But just to say not guilty at all?”