Your View: Guest Column - George Zimmerman verdict is a disgrace!

Jul. 17, 2013 @ 06:25 PM

BY MONIQUE DUMAS

Saturday evening, the jury in the George Zimmerman trial notified the court that they had indeed come up with a verdict.
After 16 hours of deliberating, the six women on the jury had the audacity to find George Zimmerman not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin.
Instead of finding him guilty of second-degree murder, the jury had the option to find Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter. That would have been the best option, versus letting this cold-blooded killer go free. It is ridiculous and outrageous that mothers would let this man go free.
But I suppose since the child wasn’t white, his life just didn’t matter to the women on the jury.
They didn’t care that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin.
They didn’t care that Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin in his car and then on foot.
They didn’t care that Trayvon was alone walking home with no way to defend himself from a stranger following him.
They didn’t care that Zimmerman pursued Trayvon when he was told by authorities not to.
They didn’t care that Zimmerman lied about following Trayvon.
They didn’t care that Zimmerman gave inconsistent statements to the police.
They didn’t care that Zimmerman pulled out a loaded gun and shot Trayvon Martin point-blank in the chest.
They didn’t care that Trayvon was screaming for help, screaming for his life.
They just didn’t give a damn.
The verdict Saturday let all black mothers and fathers know that their child’s life isn’t worth a damn in the justice system. This verdict let us know that a dog’s life is valued more than the life of a young, black teenager minding his business walking home with Skittles and tea, getting ready to watch the Miami Heat game. This let’s me know that my future children’s lives are already in jeopardy before they’re even born, just for being black.
The prosecution did a pitiful job. I could have prosecuted this case better than their half-hearted effort, and I’m not even an attorney. Defense attorney Don West is a disgrace, his arrogance was a hot offensive mess at the press conference.
I sincerely hope Trayvon Martin’s family sues Sanford, the police department and George Zimmerman!
My heart goes out to Sabrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and their family. You shall remain in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

Monique Dumas lives in High Point.