Underneath the BBC has recruited the voice of the ‘Public’ for their verdict…funny how their voices are important when needed…
I am surprised by the verdict, and not surprised at the same time.
I didn’t have much faith in the legal system in Florida to begin with but I had still hoped that the verdict would be different from the one we have.
Given the justice system, I think it was the only plausible evidential outcome that could be achieved. There was only one side who could speak up for himself. There was no other counter-story, so you hope the jury will infer the best outcome from that.
This is a clear pronouncement that racism – with underlying ugliness of fear and persecution – still thrives in America.
A positive one…but hold on…Zimmerman was dangerously reckless…
While I might criticise some elements of the way Mr Zimmerman went about his actions, I can’t object to the verdict. The law was served, and a jury agreed after a full examination of the facts……However, I would not approach an individual under such circumstances unless I was a fully-warranted, uniformed police officer. As an armed person, contact is what you want to avoid like the plague.
As a father, I believe Zimmerman crossed the line and should pay a price. However heavy or light, Zimmerman should be punished for his defiant actions.
And finally a second positive one…but again wait for the sting in the tail:
Whilst I am very sorry for the family of Trayvon Martin, the verdict is the right one. …..Stereotyping and racial profiling does go on in the South. It would be nice if everyone could be colour blind, but they aren’t and that is the reality.
Not one single, unequivocal statement of support for Zimmerman…surely there must be one out there somewhere.
Judging on the basis of previous BBC vox populi I can’t imagine this is anywhere near a true representation of majority thought on this subject…highly subjective though it is.