Local reaction to George Zimmerman acquittal
Posted at: 07/13/2013 11:33 PM
| Updated at: 07/13/2013 11:40 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
After 15 hours of deliberations, a jury of six women in Sanford, Florida have found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
This has been one of the most emotionally charged and closely watched trials in history, even right here in Rochester.
News10NBC spoke with local residents right after the verdict was read Saturday night.
There are mixed emotions everywhere on East Avenue. Here are a few reactions we got right-minutes after the verdict..
“In all honesty, I feel that the verdict was right. He's not guilty. He's not. Until you have the physical proof that he committed the crime, let him go,” said one woman.
“He put him in that position by following him. I'm going to defend myself of someone comes up on me so it's kind of shocking. He may not have been premeditated and wanted but he still put himself in that position and Trayvon Martin was defending himself. I don't think he should just walk away without any consequences. I hope they find another way to express. I know people are going to be upset. I know they are going to be sad and frustrated but I hope they find a nice, non- violent way of communicating that,” said David Clark.
News10NBC spoke to Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard about a possible backlash to the verdict. He says police are not necessarily on high alert, but they are prepared for anything
He says he understands this is an emotionally charged case and if anything erupts. They have all the resources in place. Police say they are also ready to call in additional resources if needed.
Of course, Chief Sheppard says he hopes that will not be the case.