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Arkansans React to Emotionally Charged Zimmerman Verdict

As protestors hit the streets and social media following the Zimmerman verdict, Arkansans largely took to Facebook to debate the decision.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - As protestors hit the streets and social media following the Zimmerman verdict, Arkansans largely took to Facebook to debate the decision.

A spirited discussion popped up on the Fox16 Facebook page with emotionally-fueled reactions on both sides of the issue.

"Legally Mr.Zimmerman acted within his right to defend himself against attack. That is a sacred right we should all hold dear," wrote Jamie Jordan.

"Unacceptable, he is a murderer! Folks everywhere are going to get away with killing others based on this poor decision," wrote Bobbie Mallette.

If you'd like to weight in, you can post your thoughts on the Fox16 Facebook page.

Rallies started in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Pockets of protests spilled into the early morning hours Sunday.

The verdict in the closely watched trial echoed far beyond Sanford's borders in a case that drew national attention and has been racially charged from the start.

In Dallas, protesters held signs that said, "Justice system is a joke."

In Chicago's Daley Plaza, protesters vowed to use technology to push for change.

"It's the 21st century. We've got Twitter. We've got Instagram. We've got Facebook, we've got all these things that our elders did not have," one woman told the crowd. "We have resources."

Most protests have been peaceful, though there were some reports of property damage.

"I think we should, frankly, right now be celebrating the fact that we've seen a generation of young people respond by using our system, raising their voices, but not using their fists," NAACP President Benjamin Jealous told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for protests to continue, and to remain peaceful.

"There will be protests, but they must be carried out with dignity and discipline," he told CNN's "New Day." "Let no act discredit the legacy of Trayvon Martin. In the long run, we will prevail in the struggle for justice. Any act of violence could serve to undermine the innocent blood and moral authority of Trayvon. What will happen if there, in fact, are riots, it gives sympathy to Zimmerman, and discredits Trayvon. Trayvon deserves sympathy. Zimmerman and his school of thought does not."


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