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Current Event Cat of the Day: George Zimmerman

Current Event Cat - George Zimmerman

If you think it’s a crime to shoot an unarmed black teenager to death, then clearly you are not living in Florida because George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTYYYY.

On Saturday a six-woman jury found George Zimmerman, a former neighbourhood watch volunteer, not guilty of second-degree murder in last year’s shooting in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman was all smiles when the verdict was read, which cleared him in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He is now a free man – minus the freedom from public scrutiny and the freedom from living in constant fear of an attack.  Zimmerman’s family and representatives have said they are afraid he could fall victim to revenge attacks and his brother has already reported frequent threats on social media. On second thought, he might be better off in jail – it’s a little safer in there.

Case in point: the angry protests that erupted over the George Zimmerman verdict. After the not-guilty verdict was announced late on Saturday, protests broke out across the US – including in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Boston, San Diego and Atlanta. While most demonstrations were relatively peaceful, demanding justice for the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and questioning the fairness of the justice system, others decided that throwing rocks and D-cell batteries was the way to go.

President Obama released a statement telling everyone to calm the f*ck down and accept the verdict:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. 

Lessons learned: always carry a gun while in Florida and never wear a hoodie.

Via: Current Events Cats & BBC News

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