Cohen Speaks, Mid-South Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict

Cohen Speaks, Mid-South Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict

George Zimmerman is a free man, found "not guilty" on Saturday evening in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)- George Zimmerman is a free man, found "not guilty" on Saturday evening in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"I knew it was gonna come out not guilty. I mean I feel he should have been found guilty but I knew that he wasn't. I don't think that it should have gone to trial but I know there needs to be justice done," said Cassie Perez.

Saturday night, George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges in the murder of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17 year old that was shot while walking through a gated townhouse community in Florida. Trial and verdict sparked a debate over racial profiling and Mid-Southerners were not immune.

"When it came out last night it made a stir in the group of people I was in. That was interesting to me and I'm sure if it was done fairly the outcome must be the way that we do things it would be a fair trial," said Rebecca Currie.

"It could have been my son, it could have been your son. Whenever you decide to pursue or kill an innocent person then I have a problem with that," said Joseph Effiong.

Congressman Steve Cohen is calling for an investigation into whether Martin's killing was racially motivated.

"Unquestionably Trayvon Martin would be alive but for the actions of George Zimmerman and a mans death should not go without some justice and were hoping justice can be met through the federal system," said Cohen.

Stevie Moore is a Memphis father who lost his son to gun violence.

Moore turned his pain into purpose by inspiring teens to stop the violence.

"We have a system that we have to follow. I don't think it would do any good to create more havoc. We have lost one young man. If we start taking the negative and riding whatever, we gone lose some more young people. Let's take this and learn from it. Let's get behind the Martin family, see what we can do to support them. Let's see can we get some laws changed. They always used the law against us. The law prevailed. So if the law is wrong then let's change the law," said Moore.

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