Weeks after the George Zimmerman trial has ended, disbelief, disappointment and outrage at what some might view as a clear failing of the justice system seems to have disappeared. Or has it? Many believe that the prosecution failed to ask key questions and challenge evidence presented by the defense. Also the jury, made up of six women, did not fully represent an example of the Sanford community.
Though the story surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death is heartbreaking and has touched the hearts of mothers everywhere, Courts must make decisions based on facts. The fact is that the events that led to the death of Martin still appear to be unjustified. Was there enough evidence to warrant a conviction of Manslaughter? The 911 call, the screams for help, and the self defense law that could have also been used in Martin’s defense may hold answers to a mystery that may never be solved.
One of the jurors known only as Juror B-29 and the sole minority on the jury, told ABC’s Robin Roberts on Thursday that she thought Zimmerman was guilty and that he “got away with murder.”
The death of Trayvon Martin and trial of his accused killer, George Zimmerman, drew attention around the world. Martin, a 17 year old unarmed African American, was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member, after returning home from a local store.
The trial was surrounded by accusations of racial profiling, stereotyping and stalking. Theatrics from the defense painted a picture of an angry Martin who attacked Zimmerman and attempted to grab his gun during a confrontation that escalated into a struggle, suggesting Martin’s death was a result of Zimmerman’s attempt to save his own life. Key witnesses in the trial testified that the defendant’s head injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Was Zimmerman’s use of a lethal weapon warranted in the struggle with Martin? During the trial, an unemotional Zimmerman seem to show no remorse for the events that caused Martin’s death.
After a trial and decision that rocked a nation, what does the future hold? Trayvon’s death has started a movement for change in the African American community. Peaceful marches around the country are shining a light on the injustice that often shadows African American men. While there is no doubt that there is much work to be done when it comes to education, employment and crime in African American communities, the civil rights of all citizens must be protected. Although Zimmerman was found “not guilty”of murder, he may still be charged with civil rights violations.
Attorney General Holder has stated that he is “concerned about the case,” and that the Department of Justice has not said if or when it will “take custody” of the evidence being held. Until then, the Sanford police have confirmed that the DOJ (Department of Justice) has placed a “hold” on evidence relating to the Zimmerman trial, including the gun that was used the night Trayvon Martin died.