Birmingham Residents React to Zimmerman Verdict

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1373853588&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4140720&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1373853588 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s a verdict that has caused protests.

 There were many questions about what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, and just as many questions remain now about the impact the not guilty verdict will have.

 “I think it’s a sad day in America that his family didn’t get justice the way I personally think they should.”

 Williams believes race was a factor in the case.

 “We can go back to some of the slurs that were used on both sides. They were both racial comments. That’s why I say race had to be a factor.”

 Calvin Benford says the issue of race was a result of outside influence.

 “I really feel like it was played into because initially the police did not find any charges against Mr. Zimmerman but after a lot of pressure from the outside he was eventually charged and that’s how we got to this point.”

 Many question what kind of example is being set as a result of the verdict.

It’s sad that a person had to die from that, but ultimately the jury did make the correct decision,” said Benford.

But for Chancey Williams, he believes it sets a bad example, “I think from here on out they make think, well hey, maybe I can go shoot this guy over here and not have to worry about going to jail.”

Several area organizations will host the “Missing Trayvon Martin” rally and march Monday July 15th at Linn Park.

The rally is set to begin at twelve o’clock.

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