As soon as I heard that the jury had acquitted, I kept an eye on the usual news sites (NY Times, CNN, Fox News, BBC), curious to see if there would be riots in Florida. I couldn’t find anything concerning protests or other civil action. Finally I checked out Al Jazeera English, and there was the news I had been seeking. It seems odd that I have to seek out foreign news sources for domestic news.
My take on the case: The prosecution did not want to prosecute, they only did so to keep the feds from taking over the case. As such, their heart just wasn’t in it, maybe they even threw the case. It seems that while the rest of the nation saw this as a case about race, locally it was a case about gun rights and Florida’s stand your ground law.
I didn’t follow the case but the basic (uncontested) facts seem to be that an armed man instigated a confrontation with an unarmed man, in the ensuing struggle the unarmed man was killed.
It appears that it is open season on young black males in Florida; the entire nation has taken a huge step backwards.