The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict based on reasonable doubt has been blasted by lots of celebrities (as well as ordinary people) on social media, many using the hashtag #JusticeForTrayvon. Rapper Lupe Fiasco appears to be taking a different view of the Zimmerman trial outcome.
Fiasco sent out several controversial tweets after the verdict was announced that in turn prompted a heated response on Twitter.
As virtually everyone across the country (and the world perhaps) knows, George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, was put on trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, 17, on February 26, 2012, after confronting the teenager as he walked back to the house where he was staying in a gated community outside of Orlando, Florida. Zimmerman entered a plea of not guilty on self-defense grounds and went on trial in a Seminole County courtroom starting on June 24. After about 16 hours of deliberation, the six-person, all-female jury last night found him not guilty of both second degree murder and manslaughter.
The not-guilty verdict means that the prosecutors for the state of Florida failed to uphold the burden of proof that George Zimmerman was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, i.e., to the exclusion of reasonable doubt. A not guilty verdict doesn’t necessarily mean innocent, more precisely it means not proven in the eyes of the law based on the evidence presented in the trial.
One of Lupe Fiasco’s tweets read “Nobody knows what really happened except Trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions.” Another tweet stated “Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks.”
You can view Lupe Fiasco’s George Zimmerman-related tweets and the intense social media debate that it touched off at Twitchy.
As we reported previously, back in January Lupe Fiasco was reportedly thrown off stage and escorted off the premises at a presidential pre-inauguration concert after he went on an anti-war, anti-Obama rant, according to accounts from concertgoers.
Nobody knows what really happened except trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions.
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) July 14, 2013
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