News / USA

US Attorney General: Resolve Needed to Prevent Violence

Protests, Rallies Staged Nationwide in Wake of Zimmerman Verdicti
X
July 15, 2013 10:27 AM
Almost immediately after the verdict came down acquitting George Zimmerman of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, people used social media and public rallies to express their opinion of the outcome. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh has more from Chicago, Illinois.
VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports on rallies following Zimmerman verdict
VOA News
The top U.S. law enforcement official is calling for a new national discussion about the "complicated and emotionally-charged issues" surrounding the shooting death last year of an unarmed black teenager.

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke Monday in Washington, two days after a Florida jury acquitted neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman of murder charges in Trayvon Martin's death.  

​Thousands of demonstrators have staged protests in several U.S. cities to protest the verdict.

Watch a Related Report by Carolyn Presutti
Racial Protests, Possible Civil Rights Suit in Zimmerman Casei
X
July 16, 2013 2:12 AM
The jury has spoken in the George Zimmerman murder trial and found the defendant not guilty. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was charged with killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February of last year. But the case is far from over. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti explains what happens next.

Holder said the America should not let the moment pass to have a "necessarily difficult dialogue" about stereotypes involving racial identity and young people.

"We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents," said Holder.

Holder heads the country's Department of Justice, which he said is reviewing whether federal charges should be brought against Zimmerman. The agency would have to establish whether Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was motivated by racial animosity, even though race was barely mentioned in the Florida trial. Holder gave no indication when a decision would be made.

There were demonstrations Sunday in several U.S. cities in which protesters called for justice in the face of what they saw as a race-based verdict.

U.S. President Barack Obama appealed for calm and quiet reflection Sunday, saying "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."

The 17-year-old Martin was killed in a struggle with Zimmerman. The death left many Americans saying Martin was targeted because he was black. Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense after he was physically assaulted by Martin.

You May Like

Obama: Alaskans Feel Signs of Climate Change

Alaskans experiencing bigger storm surges as sea ice melts, more frequent and extensive wildfires, deteriorating glaciers, and swift shoreline erosion More

Katrina Brought Enduring Changes to New Orleans

The city’s recovery is the result of the people and culture the city is famous for, as well as newcomers and start-up industries More

Magical Photo Slides Show Native Americans in Late 1800s

Walter McClintock spent 20 years photographing the Blackfoot Indians and their vanishing culture at the dawn of the modern age More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
July 17, 2013 3:04 PM
In my opinion- There is something absolutely and fundamentally wrong, when a civilized society allows for the slaughter of an innocent child, going to a store to buy some snacks. The stand your ground law, makes some sense inside of your own home or business, but does not make any sense when it allows a person to stake, harras, follow, acost, cause fear, cause a confrontation, and end up in the brutal killing of a child on the street, based on some kind of negative strereotype. Such a situation, turns the streets into the old West movies; but at least in the movies everyone had a gun. In my opinion, the narrow window legal scope, on which the judgement of the jurors was based on, is also WRONG; If anyone was defending himself it was the child, Travon Martin, from a weird person following him for no reason at all. The child did not set out to go for a confrontation, nor did he have a gun or any other weapon, on the other hand the killer set out looking for a confrontatation, with a gun, with no other purpose, that eve, but to look for someone to pass judgement, confront agressively, and such a confrontation lead to the firing of the gun, killing the child! no ifs and buts; but the judgement is based on the final seconds of the innocent childs life, who was defending himself from the armed confrontational stranger. THE LAW DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
July 15, 2013 11:02 PM
I would like to know how feafully Martin assaulted Zinmerman. If Zimmermann need not have had a fear that Martin might have a gun, he would have another way to protect himself.

by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
July 15, 2013 8:22 PM
Please get this straight... Martin did nothing criminal UNTIL he assaulted Zimmerman. Martin then was killed in the commission of a criminal act. If Martin had survived his wounds, he could have had criminal assault charges brought against him. He placed a reasonable and prudent person in fear of death or grave bodily harm. Zimmerman then took the appropriate action. This unfortunate death could have been prevented if Martin did not assault Zimmerman with criminal intent.

Despite the best efforts of the judge and the prosecutor to convict Zimmerman, the jury used facts and not hyperbole and came to a just decision.

What happened had NOTHING to do with race, skittles, or hooded sweatshirts.
In Response

by: Beatrice from: USA
July 16, 2013 1:01 AM
Nice cheat arguing " appropriate action" .... what abt Zimmerman following TM despite police officer dispatcher not to...........In fact Zi by not obeying order - he placed a reasonable and prudent 17 year old TM in fear that led to his death.

by: USALawyer from: USA
July 15, 2013 4:37 PM
Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40.1% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).

Racial Profiling is horrific... Obama is a pawn though and there won't be anything done about it... Other than talk...
http://www.usalawyer.org
In Response

by: PragueGuy from: Prague
July 16, 2013 2:23 AM
Did you ever think that the 40.1% are criminals? Just some food for liberal ACLU thought.

by: Mark T
July 15, 2013 2:34 PM
How many of those protesters were there in Florida that night? How many of those protesters had access to all the testimony and evidence that the legal teams had? None. Zip. Nada. Zero. The 'internet jury' has no say in legal matters in such a case, or any case. The real jury has decided on the facts that were presented, and each side of the legal table had its say in court (however effective or ineffective) and what is done is done and over now. The Federal Government needs to stay away now, the case is over, the trial is over. The State of Florida has rendered its decision and that decision is final. To try Zimmerman on Federal charges is just an attempt at a do-over that will waste more taxpayer's money and get this country more fired up than it already is.
The incident was unfortunate, and like the trial and verdict, it is over with. Let all parties concerned find closure now.

by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
July 15, 2013 10:18 AM
President Obama should not interfere in the legal process of criminal cases. His publicized opinion before prosecution of Zimmerman is interference in the judiciary. The jury and the court rejected his indirect threat. President Obama keep on making comments after the verdict indirectly encouraging protests. We have several Zimmermans and O.J. Simpsons in the US. It is prudent that the President avoid any statements regarding these criminal cases. The comments of President Obama raises concern whether Zimmermann or Obama has racial intentions?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalatesi
X
August 27, 2015 2:08 AM
Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Is China's Economic Data Accurate?

Some investors say China's wild stock market gyrations have been made worse by worries about the reliability of that nation's economic data. And some critics say the reports can mislead investors by painting an unrealistically-strong picture of the economy. A key China scholar says Beijing is not fudging ((manipulating)) the numbers, but that the economy is evolving quickly from smoke-stack industries to services, and the ways of tracking new economic activity are falling behind the change. V
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Shipping Containers Provide Experimental Housing

Housing prices around the San Francisco Bay area are out of reach for many people, so some young entrepreneurs, artists and tech industry workers are creating their own houses using converted shipping containers. But as VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports from Oakland, the effort requires ingenuity and dealing with restrictive local laws.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video Technique May Eliminate Drill-and-Fill Dental Care

Many people dread visiting dentists because they're afraid of drills. Now, however, a technology developed by a British firm promises to eliminate the need for mechanical cleaning of dental cavities by speeding a natural process of tooth repair. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.
Video

Video French Experiment in Integrating Roma Under Threat

Plans to destroy France’s oldest slum have sparked an outcry on the part of its Roma residents. As Lisa Bryant reports from the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, rights groups argue the community is a fledgling experiment on integrating Roma who are often outcasts in many parts of Europe.
Video

Video Kenyans Turn to Agriculture for Business

Each year Kenyan universities continue to churn out graduates for the job market despite the already existing high rate of unemployment among youth in the country. Some of these young men and women have realized that agriculture can be as rewarding as any other business or job, and they are resorting to agribusiness in large numbers as a way of tackling unemployment. Rael Ombuor reports for VOA.
Video

Video First Women Graduate Elite Army Ranger School

Two women are making history for the U.S. Army by proving they are among the toughest of the tough. VOA's Carla Babb reports from Fort Benning, Georgia as 94 men and those two women rise as graduates of the difficult Ranger school.

VOA Blogs