"Black life is cheap": Tampa Bay reacts to George Zimmerman verdict

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  • Ybor City, Florida - Shortly before 10 p.m. in Ybor City, dozens of people inside Tequilas bar watched the verdict being delivered in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

    Maggi Azadian said, "I was not expecting that he would be acquitted of all charges. You know I'm not a part of the jury. I don't know everything that's happened... but I truly believe a young man would still be alive if it wasn't for him. I do think he caused the death of this young man."

    Shawn Woods said, "I'm very surprised at the verdict because the man did kill someone, so you know, it seems like someone just running over someone in the street is at least charged with manslaughter. So this man was let off scot-free. There has to be some sort of reconciliation for what has happened in this situation and so far it seems like it's not." 

    Nia Gibbs said, "There's no justice. There's no justice whatsoever. It's just really sad. We just see that our world is falling apart, because stuff like this has happened before and we've seen the results of that so now that it keeps on happening it's not going to change." 

    Nia started to cry. She had tears streaming down her face before she leaned over and put her head in her hands.

    Dara Gibbs said her thoughts are with Trayvon Martin's parents. "I just want to say I'm very sorry for his family. I know that they know that there was no justice in this case and I think enough evidence was there for him to get charged with something. I don't think there was any justice done at all."

    State Representative Darryl Rouson said he is upset over the verdict, "What else is new? Black life is cheap. What do I tell my five sons?"

    Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, said "The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people, but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days."

    Tammie Fields, 10 News

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