Reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict	

Michael B. Jordan - the actor in the new film Fruitvale Station - about Oscar Grant (an unarmed black man shot dead by police in Oakland, CA) Tweets this in response to the verdict of the Georgia Zimmerman trial. (23725)
Reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict Michael B. Jordan – the actor in the new film Fruitvale Station – about Oscar Grant (an unarmed black man shot dead by police […] Credit: Twitter/MichaelB. Jordan

Twitter erupted with responses after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

African American actress and model Gabrielle Union tweeted immediately, saddened by the news:

How do we explain this to children? RT @lolaogunnaike: Apparently walking while black is a crime punishable by death. #TrayvonMartin

Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu)

American business magnate Russell Simmons expressed disappointment, but remained calm:

I know many people are very upset about the verdict, but we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful.

Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH)

Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy expressed his thoughts on Twitter soon after the verdict was announced:

Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY

Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9)

WFTV captured the faces of those waiting outside the courthouse in response to the verdict:

RT @WFTV: Disbelief, relief outside courthouse after #Zimmerman found not guilty

Chelsea (@_AllAboutChels)

Author Kurt Schlichter thanked God in his reaction to the verdict on Twitter:

Thank God. #Zimmerman free. Now, I think we can all take a moment for the Martin family and keep them in our prayers as well.

Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter)

Criminal defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh, who wrote an article before the verdict was read about why Zimmerman should not be found guilty, shared a few thoughts as well:

The verdict isn’t about GZ getting away murder, rather the justice system preserving its integrity. My heart goes out to the Martin family.

Mark Eiglarsh (@MarkEiglarsh)

Colette Bennett | CNN