AirTalk for July 16, 2013

Zimmerman verdict continues to reverberate

Demonstrators marching in Los Angeles

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Demonstrators took the streets in Los Angeles in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal.

The acquittal of George Zimmerman came on Saturday, but the fallout continues. Last night, we learned more about what influenced the jury's decision. A woman known only as Juror B 37 revealed her thinking: she had "no doubt" George Zimmerman feared for his life; she believed his "heart was in the right place" but he didn't use "good judgement; and she didn't think racial profiling was a factor in the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin.

As the interview played on television screens, protests of the acquittal were ratcheting up in and around Leimart Park. It became violent at a turn with injuries to three people and property damage. LAPD made 14 arrests - half are minors. Police Chief Charlie Beck declared any protests tonight would be met with stiffer response from police.

What's your reaction to the juror interview? Does it alter your view of the verdict or the case? Why did the LAPD react as it did last night? What should its approach be tonight?

Guests:

Stanley Goldman, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School

Holly Mitchell, Democratic Assemblymember for California’s 54h district,  Member, Assembly Committee on Public Safety; and Chairs the California's Legislative Black Caucus

Connie Rice, Civil rights attorney & co-director The Advancement Project; Board Member Emeritus, KPCC Radio


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