Community Reacts to Zimmerman's "Not Guilty" Verdict

Trayvon Martin

Lynchburg, VA - New information in the George Zimmerman ruling. The case is getting attention from coast to coast and, of course, in our backyard.

We've read tons of emails, all from people on both sides of the issue. We here at ABC 13 want to get to the heart of the matter, and present that information to you.

"It should have been a guilty verdict. This is no justice," said protester Wendy Wade.

Demonstrators spoke out on what they call, a 'flawed legal system.'

"He has no voice now, but we can be that voice," said Tiarra Ingram who organized a rally Sunday night in Lynchburg.

Many people, like Wendy Wade have their own opinion on what the outcome should have been.

"If there is racism going on and they want to take things back to pre 1960, where you had the Klan, where you had the hate, where you have all of that, that's disgusting because everybody's come too far to go all the way back," said Wade.

Some say Trayvon Martin was killed because of race. Other's say age.

When asked, 'If Trayvon was not an African American male would you feel the same way?' Ingram said, "Yes, just because he was so young. No one deserves to die that young."

Defense Attorney Philip Baker says this case has received tons of media attention because of three key things.

"Law, politics and in this case, race," said Baker.

Baker says, keep in mind, the jury did not hear some things most of us with access to mainstream media heard. Under the Rules of Evidence, they only hear what they are allowed to hear.

"It's not fair to substitute our judgment because we've read something online or because we heard or we think we know about as opposed to what the jury actually saw and heard and deliberated on," said Baker.

Moving forward, local community activists like Garnell Stamps have some advice.

"Everybody, on all sides show restraint. That everybody realize that not everybody who is white is wrong and not everybody who is black is right," said Stamps.

Stamps also says it is going to take lots of goodwill the bring what he calls, a 'divided community' back together.