Jul 11, 2013

The jury could begin deliberating the verdict in the 2nd degree murder case against George Zimmerman as soon as Friday afternoon.  Many are on edge about a potential violent public response should he be acquitted of all charges. Florida law enforcement released a public service announcement (PSA) video encouraging individuals to respond civilly.  Personally, I think the video was a bit corny and unnecessary, but if it deters someone from responding irresponsibly then it is worth it.  Rev. Al Sharpton closed out his show, Politics Nation on MSNBC,  last night with some reflective statements about this case and suggests best how to respond.  I echo his sentiments.  If Trayvon Martin's family can respond with civility and dignity, then so can we.  The best response to an acquittal is for us to be engaged in doing what needs to be done to provide a diverse perspective at all phases of the criminal justice system from legislation to serving on a jury.  My heart aches for the Martin and Fulton families.  Regardless of the verdict, they will still be without there beloved son.  Yet I realize that there may be some level of solace and closure in a guilty verdict because it indicates that the greater community values the life that was needlessly taken.  RIH, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.



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