The parents of Trayvon Martin are “still shocked; still in disbelief” after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting of their son.
One of the jurors, identified only as B37, believed Zimmerman did not racially profile Martin, an African-American, and race did not play a role in the shooting, she told CNN.
“Obviously any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there’s some type of profiling there,” Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, told Matt Lauer on TODAY Thursday. “Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this wouldn’t have never happened. Obviously race is playing some type of role.”
“We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction,” said Martin. “We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime that he committed.”
Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, said after the verdict that race was not a factor in the shooting.
“I think that things would have been different if George Zimmerman was black for this reason: he never would have been charged with a crime,” he said, adding, “The facts that night, (it) was not borne out that he acted in a racial way. His history is a non-racist.”
Zimmerman, O’Mara said, had been made a “scapegoat” by civil rights advocates.
“I think that (the prosecution) cut down to the heart of the matter,” Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s parents, told Lauer. “If the roles were reversed, what would the verdict have been?”
“I think (the legal system) failed Trayvon to a certain degree,” Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told Lauer. “I think we let the process take its course. We didn’t get the verdict that we were looking for because we wanted (Zimmerman) to be held accountable. Our focus has continued to change. First it was for the arrest, then it was for a conviction. So now we’ve moved on to a different focus, but yes, I think we were disappointed.”