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Hear local reaction to the Zimmerman verdict

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The divisive courtroom drama is over. George Zimmerman has been found innocent, but that's sparked a whole new debate. The jury's verdict has the country talking. Many of you in our area have opinions in the matter. We hit the streets and found two locals who may offer an idea to what the Ark-La-Tex thinks. Some aren't happy Zimmerman's free.

"It's just totally wrong," Shreveport Clint Smith said.

Smith says Zimmerman is clearly in the wrong and should have been found guilty. He also says Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin because of his race and cause the whole mess.

"I think if he had just stayed in his car, did what the 911 operator stated for him to do this child would still be alive today," Smith said. He now worries about how this case will affect similar ones in the future.

"You know, I really, truly, think this opened up the door to say people can go out and just kill people and nothing will be done," Smith said. "I think this was a great injustice."

However, there are some who disagree.

"The evidence is pretty conclusive, in their opinion," Shreveport Raylene Hopwood said.

Hopwood says the jury was fair in their decision about Zimmerman's fate and that race had very little to do with what happened.

"I trust that the jury went by the evidence they received, but I think that America needs to reject the idea of racial divide over this," Hopwood said.

Hopwood believes it was the national media that made the case so divisive and did so for ratings.

"A lot of them tried to make it racial, to turn it into a racial problem," she said.

More debates could be on the way. Both sides in the Zimmerman case could push forward with lawsuits.


 

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