Al Sharpton reacts to Zimmerman verdict: A ‘slap in the face’

It wasn’t long after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin that the Rev. Al Sharpton used his post as MSNBC host to voice his outrage.

“I think that this is an atrocity,” Sharpton said. “I think that it is probably one of the worst situations that I’ve seen. What this jury has done is establish a precedent, that if you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother, and be killed, and someone can claim self-defense having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”

“This is a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country,” Sharpton added later.

Sharpton issued the following statement on his Facebook page:

Saturday, July 13, 2013 (New York, NY) “The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”

Soon after the February 2012 shooting, Sharpton spoke at rallies for Martin‘s family. Fox News hosts suggested Friday that Sharpton was a “race-baiter” and the “catalyst behind the murder two charge” against Zimmerman.[poll id=”73″]

Watch Sharpton’s comments on MSNBC here.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.


  • Libertylady

    Race-bait we much?

  • BoogieMan

    Sharpton … what an obnoxious human being. OBNOXIOUS


    Rev. AL.

    Face it AL Baby, your face was made for slapping.

    It should be slapped with the back of the hand, only.

    Fair is fair.

  • http://yahoo CJ

    How about we compare it to the OJ Simpson case? When an all black jury found a black man innocent of killing 2 INNOCENT white people even though the whole country knew he was guilty! If it's wrong one way, then it has to be wrong the other way as well, not just because YOU don't like the way something turns out. Stop judging and let God do it, he actually knows the truth! (and I am not on either side!)

    • chris

      you are SO RIGHT, but no one wants to remember that! and as far as the "if I had a son that's what we would look like", well I have a son and he looks like Zimmerman, so now what?

  • Jose Cunha

    …two words for you, Al. Tawana Brawley. Just STFU. You are an atrocity and a cancer on this country.

    • sebrinia

      I agree,, Al needs to STFU and stop trying to stir up racial crap with every word he utters…

  • Craig M.

    It amazes me. This guy hasn't worked an honest day in his life and his word is gospel.

    • chris

      not like any baptist I ever went to church with, beleives his way is right and it's alright to kill unborned babies and not working think it called the church of what fells good do it!

  • Nancy Redmond

    If he was such a good kid, why did his father not even report him missing? Police has to notify him of Trayvon's death, 3 days later.

  • Willard Conklin

    What about Tawana Brawley you said that about here to It was all lies this happened in Poughkeepsie New York she had to move out of town you are a parasite that likes to cause trouble

  • S.Geiger

    Stay home Al Sharpton. We don't need your face here in Florida. You're just going to start racial tension.

  • Dan

    Even before Al Sharpton was brought to host a spot on MSNBC, but especially since being there, MSNBC has been nothing but a propaganda machine, featuring biased journalism. God Bless America, Israel, the NRA and all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots.

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