George Zimmerman was set free Saturday night after a Florida jury acquitted the vigilante of murdering Trayvon Martin—the unarmed teenager out buying candy—after he racially profiled, stalked, confronted and shot the boy within his gated housing development in February of 2012.
When the verdict was read, Zimmerman smiled.
The jury was made up of six women—five white and one Hispanic.
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Trayvon Martin’s family was not in the courtroom.
In the moments after the verdict, Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin, tweeted: “God blessed Me & Sybrina with Tray and even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him GOD BLESS.”
Outside the courthouse, hundreds of protesters began pumping their fists in the air and chanting “No justice, no peace!”
Protests spread to cities and towns across the US, as demonstrators poured into the streets Saturday night after the verdict, with many staying through the early hours of the morning and continuing their rallies Sunday.
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