This evening, a six-person Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty.
Zimmerman, 29, said he was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in the chest during an altercation in a gated community of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. 2012.He was not charged for 44 tumultuous days in which the case generated large protests in several cities.... When the trial unfolded a year later, prosecutors argued the volunteer neighborhood watchman was a wannabe cop who "profiled" Martin as the teen walked back from buying Skittles at a 7-Eleven, and then followed him against the advice of the police dispatcher he called to report a suspicious person. [...]The defense told jurors that Zimmerman was just doing his civic duty when he was ambushed by Martin, punched in the face and slammed repeatedly into concrete before he fired a single shot that pierced the teen's heart.