The U.S. judiciary exonerated hundreds of other “Zimmermans” since 2012
George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman, acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin, is not alone.
In 2012, police officers, security guards and self-appointed keepers of the peace killed 313 Black men, women and children. Like the killing of Trayvon Martin, 288 of these 313 extrajudicial killings involved unnecessary, excessive force. Yet, only 26 of the killers were ever charged with a crime—that is the judicial system ruled 91% were justified.
After the Zimmerman verdict additional research found that of the 15 security guards and self-appointed keepers of the peace charged with a crime, only four have been convicted. And of the 11 police officers charged, none have been convicted.
“This data demonstrates that Zimmerman’s acquittal…
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