Zimmerman verdict reaction

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Monday, July 15, 2013 - 6:57am

Across the country this weekend, people took to the streets in protest after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman "not guilty" of murder and manslaughter related to the death of Trayvon Martin. Sunlen Miller has been following the case from Sanford, Florida and has the latest for us this morning.

Following the verdict, President Obama said he knows passions are running high across the country so he's made a nation-wide call for "peace"  and "calm reflection."

From New York to Seattle, Los Angeles to Sanford, Florida, protests all over the country followed this weekend's verdict.

Some people wore hoodie; others held posters with Trayvon Martin's face, demanding justice and trying to honor the Florida teenager who was killed, last year.

Civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson told CNN, protests like these are inevitable.

They must be carried out with dignity and discipline and let no act discredit the legacy of Trayvon Martin on the appeal of his family.

And most demonstrations were peaceful, although police in a few cities did take some protesters into custody.

As for George Zimmerman, he's starting off the new week a free man.

We have a verdict. I think we should really take a step back, respect that verdict, respect those six women -- an all-women jury, who had to make a really tough call.

That jury found Zimmerman not guilty, but still many protesters stood in the streets chanting "no justice, no peace."

I'm wearing my hoodie as a symbol to all of those who have supported us: the millions of followers that we've had who brought George Zimmerman to the arrest, who brought him to meet a jury of his peers, and we have faith that next time we will get a conviction.

And for Zimmerman, that legal fight may not be over.

He could still face a civil lawsuit or a federal civil rights charge in connection with Trayvon Martin's death.

 

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