Locals reflect on the George Zimmerman case, one year later
POSTED: Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 8:22am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — When George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, people were up in arms around the nation over the justice that wasn't served. a year later, peoples opinions haven't changed
"My feelings today are essentially what they were a year ago. I'm very disgusted about what happened. Disgusted about what happened to the young man and disgusted with the criminal justice system period," said Johnnie Jones, a Baton Rouge native.
Juanita Bates added, "he got away with murder. I mean look at his actions after the trial. He went crazy."
And, the fact remains that many feel still that race was the elephant in the room.
"I don't think the outcome would've been the same if George Zimmerman was a black guy. And I don't think that there would have been any question as to Trayvon's innocence if he were white," says Hope Dawan of Baton Rouge.
Jones went on to say that, "there seems to be in this country justice. And then there is black justice. Black folk in my view don't get the same consideration under the criminal justice system as others."
However, with all the racial tensions that the case brought up, people still do believe we can learn and take something positive from the incident.
"You should feel safe in your community. You should feel safe to be who you want to be. This is America, you should be able to walk where ever you want to walk. And so, I would say just don't be discouraged about what one terrible incident can mean to the rest of your life," said Dawan.