George Zimmerman Verdict Reaction
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2013
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues Statement on
Saturday's Acquittal in the George Zimmerman Trial
"This verdict represents a tragic miscarriage of justice. We need all Americans to demand immediate actions to advance civil rights in our nation" - Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director.
Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Issues the Following Statement in Response to Today's Verdict in the George Zimmerman Trial:
"Saturday's verdict represents a tragic miscarriage of justice. No matter how you look at this situation, if it were not for the actions of Mr. Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin would still be alive with his family today. While there is no doubt that this was a difficult case for the jury, the outcome is deeply disappointing. Yet, there is still the potential for justice to be served through a civil suit brought about by Trayvon Martin's surviving family members, and also through civil rights charges being brought against Mr. Zimmerman by the Department of Justice.
As the Lawyers' Committee stated at the beginning of the trial, it is our hope that Mr. Zimmerman's case will spark a much-needed conversation and effective policies regarding racial profiling, implicit bias and our broken criminal justice system. This trial has been characterized by racial overtones from the beginning and much more work needs to be done to stamp out the ugly face of racism that still prevails in America."
The NAACP has launched a petition for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. The petition can be viewed here.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. We are celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2013 as we continue our quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending; community development; employment; voting; education and environmental justice. For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.