Zimmerman verdict debate continues nationwide
EL PASO — The acquittal of George Zimmerman on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has stirred much debate nationwide on whether justice was served.
Demonstrators in various cities have rallied protesting and asking for justice.
"One cannot be human and one cannot be a citizen of the United States and then dismiss this as casual," said Jerome Tilghman, an educator and former congressional candidate.
Protests began immediately after the not guilty verdict was announced with demonstrators outside the Florida courthouse.
It took two days and about 16 hours of deliberations before the all-female jury put at end to the controversial trial and started the debate on whether 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was a victim of profiling.
Tilghman, a father and a concerned citizen, said he is concerned with how the case has set a precedent that could impact other similar trials in the future.
"Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted why should our client be any different," he said of an argument that could be presented in future cases.
Tilghman described the judicial system as being blind when it comes to serving justice but said that's not always the case.
"Sometimes lady justice will take a peek from under that blindfold and see what your ethnicity is," Tilghman said.
With the issue of profiling now at the forefront of the verdict, the NAACP is asking the department of justice to pursue the investigation as a possible hate crime.
The civil rights organization is reaching out to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and are signing online petitions in hopes a civil rights case will be filed arguing Trayvon Martin's right to life was violated.