Local reaction to George Zimmerman verdict

CREATED Jul 14, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - George Zimmerman's 'not guilty' verdict sparked an intense national outcry.  Right here in Milwaukee. TODAY’S TMJ4 spoke to one man who didn't want to go on camera. He says he was pleased with the verdict.  But most people we talked to said the opposite.

"I thought it was unfair,” explains one local. “It was a sad day for Florida, and a sad day for our country."

George Zimmerman was emotionless when the jury found him not guilty.  Many believe racial profiling motivated Zimmerman to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin. The 17 year old was walking on his way home from the convenience store when he was shot. He was unarmed.

“Clearly he didn't have a firearm, he didn't have to use that kind of force,” expresses another resident.

Zimmerman argued that Martin attacked him, and he was only acting in self-defense. Pastor Russell Goodwin of Christians United on the Move tells TODAY’S TMJ4 he’s saddened by the verdict.

“He's guilty for sure,” acknowledges Goodwin. “He's guilty, but he has to deal with this for the rest of his life. You don't have any emotion. You just killed a 17 year old kid."

Another resident believes it wasn't so much a race issue as it was a cry for justice.

“I’m disappointed,” he told us. “It harkens back to the O.J. Simpson trial. I think the majority of people felt that there was a guilt in O.J. as well.”