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Zimmerman not guilty verdict sparks social media avalanche

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zimmerman tweetsBy Devin Kelly and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin’s family.

The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.

PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures

Commentary and speculation swirled in the days leading up to the verdict. In a symbolic move, Martin’s supporters blacked out Twitter and Facebook profile photos and circulated the #Blackout4Trayvon hashtag.

“We are blacking out our profile photos in a showing of love, unification and solidarity in support of Trayvon Benjamin Martin and have been joined in this effort by his family and their attorneys here on Facebook,” according to a statement post on the “Justice for Trayvon Martin” Facebook page.

Here’s a sampling of the tweets that poured in immediately after the verdict. Twitter users who thought the verdict was the right call were quick to say so.

For a look at some of the tweets following the verdict, read the LA Times story here.

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  • Skip

    The woman, Casey Anthony, got off with killing her daughter in Florida too. Ridiculous verdict. Fat boy Zimmerman hunted down and killed an unarmed kid.

  • Lindsey

    I agree with the last guy. this government has failed us.. if some bitch can get away with murdering her own daughter in cold blood and then bury her and go out and party knowing that her baby girl is dead and buried because of her and some stupid boy can go on a power trip can kill an innocent teen because of a stupid power trip? what is gonna stop someone from trying to get away with killing my daughter or nnephew or my neighbours children? Something hasto change soon or we will all regret it.

  • Matt

    Why is it that it’s race ist when Zimmerman shot a man attacking him. But it’s okay to call him fat boy Zimmerman. Thing is he looks Hispanic so I don’t see why it’s all bout race?