Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) issued harsh words over the verdict in the George Zimmerman case, arguing that a “young black boy” was put on trial rather than the man who killed him.
“Mr. Zimmerman was found not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, he was not found innocent. All of the facts I think that I know, that I’m aware of, is that there was a young man walking in his neighborhood, walking to his house unarmed, and someone decided that he looked suspicious,” Fudge said during an appearance on MSNBC.
“And now Mr. Trayvon Martin is dead, and what I could see of the trial, they put him on trial — not Mr. Zimmerman,” she added. “They put a young black boy on trial for being in his own neighborhood walking home from the store.”
On Saturday a jury acquitted Zimmerman on charges of second degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin. The decision sparked public outcry and widespread protests across the country in what was regarded by many as a racially-charged killing. The Justice Department, which put aside an investigation into Martin’s death last year to allow the state to proceed with its case, said Sunday it will review whether federal prosecutors should file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.