Indiana Leaders Reacting to George Zimmerman Verdict
Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Bell (WIBC.com file photo: Reed Parker)
Various groups are reacting to the non-guilty verdict handed to George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
The President of the Indiana Black Expo, Tanya Bell asked for peaceful acceptance for the verdict in an effort to avoid protests and violent reactions. "Rather than confrontational responses, those disappointed must instead channel that energy to push for the abolition of laws that justify conditions that provide too large a margin for error for individuals to justify taking another person’s life," Bell said.
Indianapolis City-County Council President Maggie Lewis also asked the community to voice their dismay with the verdict with words and not to react with violence or rioting. "We must use words rather than weapons to show the world our disappointment in this decision and make every effort to protect our youth."
The case had struck a cord with many around the country by making the concerns of racial profiling and race relations in America very tangible. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America also issued a statement renewing their stance for more common sense gun laws and policies.
Bell says she is praying ongoing dialogue and heightened sensitivity in terms of race and other devisive matters in this country.