Well, now that the verdict is in, it turns out that Martin's death was not a "mindless murder" as many race-baiting pundits, but rather a justified case of self-defense.
This case should never have been brought to trial. The police clearly stated they had no evidence. The Sanford police department did not arrest Zimmerman because they had no evidence to use to support any charges. The city administration, in frustration fired the police chief. The attorney general did not return charges for the same reason, so the governor steps in, and reassigns the case to another attorney general. I fail to see how firing the police chief and reassigning the case can produce any evidence that was clearly not there.
While I have sympathy for the Martin family in the loss of their son, I do not have empathy. When one looks at peripheral evidence, much of which was not allowed in the trial, instead of the portrait of the "innocent teenager" that has been painted by the medial outlets sympathetic to concept that Martin was "racially profiled" and "singled out for murder", we find that in actuality, he was a troubled youth who had a history of violence and was a habitual drug user, and may have been involved in the illegal trafficking of firearms.
There is no question that self-defense is a human right. As far as anyone living knows, besides George Zimmerman, Zimmerman did nothing wrong. Yes, the police operator advised him not to follow Martin, and Zimmerman chose to ignore that advice. However, in the state of Florida, it is not illegal to follow someone, even with a gun in your pocket. There is no law in Florida against confronting someone that you suspect may be engaging in unlawful or unsafe activities. There is a law against attacking someone who does confront you, and smashing that person's head on a concrete sidewalk.
We can only hope that Zimmerman can sue and get a judgement against the city for wrongful arrest, and that the fired police chief can sue and get a judgement against the city for wrongful termination, and that the judgements are large and hurt the city. Maybe then other municipalities will take note and work to keep politics out of the justice system. This trial was politically motivated from the start and should have never been brought to trial.