Colin Powell says the Trayvon Martin verdict is questionable
Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’
Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:08:56 GMT
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has said the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in killing unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, is “questionable.”
Speaking on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday, Powell said the acquittal of Zimmerman might soon be forgotten but President Obama, and all US presidents, have a responsibility to discuss the history of racial injustice in the US.
“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” said Powell. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”
Earlier this year in July, a six-woman jury in Florida issued a verdict, acquitting Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter in Martin’s death.
Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watch in a gated community of Sanford at the time of killing Trayvon on Feb. 26, 2012.
The Florida court’s jury claimed that Zimmerman killed Martin in self-defense, citing a US law, Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to shoot others if they feel threatened by them even though they can do something to get out of the situation and retreat to safety.
Following his acquittal, Zimmerman made headlines a couple of times for firearms.
Last month, a gun was found in his car after he was pulled over for speeding in Texas.
Moreover, he was spotted Thursday shopping for shotgun at the headquarters of Kel-Tec, the same gun manufacturer of the pistol that Zimmerman used in killing Martin last year.
Nationwide protests erupted across the US in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal and many activists called for repealing Stand Your Ground law in US states.