A jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty on charges of second degree murder.
After two weeks of proceedings, 56 witnesses, and almost 16 hours of deliberations, the verdict was announced in the courtroom, shortly before 10:20pm on Saturday evening. George Zimmerman’s stoic face relaxed slightly, and a he offered a small smile as he shook hands with his legal team.
Twitter timelines exploded swiftly, united in disbelief. Amongst the most notable reactions were those from celebs, some of whom relayed particularly raw, uncensored musings:
Not Guilty! George Zimmerman found not guilty of killing Trayvon Martin! My heart aches for The Martin Family. pic.twitter.com/3M1ijmoLC4
— Michael Baisden (@BaisdenLive) July 14, 2013
This is America waddya expect? The only thing u aren't allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus. Hey Zim, find another hobby now that u won
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 14, 2013
Wow not guilty. So the dogs in the Mike Vick case get more consideration than Trayvon Martin. Prayers up to the family. Incredible….
— Claudia Jordan (@claudiajordan) July 14, 2013
Can't be surprised… Black life has no value in this country
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) July 14, 2013
Had a gun-toting Trayvon Martin stalked an unarmed George Zimmerman, and then shot him to death… DO I EVEN NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE?
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) July 14, 2013
Just sad. God bless my son and all who may be prejudged, stalked and shot dead. pic.twitter.com/nPENYWq7L4
— Jody Watley (@jodywatley) July 14, 2013
Fuck all of the celebrity! This Black father is appalled and flabbergasted aka pissed fuck off! Damn sad. We bringin slavery back next?
— marlon wayans (@MarlonWayans) July 14, 2013
Will I, my sons, my nephews, their sons & nephews ever live in America w/o unwarranted, targeted execution? WILL I/WE?!?! I'VE HAD ENOUGH.
— Mychael Knight (@MychaelKnight) July 14, 2013
This is not "only" about race. This is about laws that allow racist acts to go unpunished. We must change laws that promote injustice
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
Dear Son, I love you and there is no shame in running away from creepy ass crackers. #nojustice
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) July 14, 2013
Sabrina Fulton & Tracy Martin have handled this tragedy w/ dignity & grace. Lets hope ppl upset w/ the verdict do the same.
— Gary Owen (@garyowencomedy) July 14, 2013
I wish this wasn't about race but excuse me for knowing this doesn't happen to other children and I hope it never does -
— Steve Harvey Nation (@IAmSteveHarvey) July 14, 2013
We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict. We will pursue civil rights charges with the DOJ. More: http://t.co/RaJDKLvgrr
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) July 14, 2013
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 14, 2013
Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY
— Tracy Martin (@BTraymartin9) July 14, 2013
Wow so a human life don't mean shit in America… they gave me 2 years for just having a gun smh #fuckthesystem
— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) July 14, 2013
He thinks he got away with murder. He did down here. But he's going to find out how hot it gets in hell.
— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) July 14, 2013
The wind is more than knocked out of me… My heart aches for this boy's family. Justice System? I don't think so. #justicefortrayvon
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 14, 2013
George Zimmerman knew nothing of Trayvon's character, only his color. Race is real. Color can get you killed.
— Tavis Smiley (@tavissmiley) July 14, 2013