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Zimmerman Charged With Second Degree Murder; Twitter Reacts

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Florida state attorney Angela Corey announced at a press conference today that George Zimmerman has officially been charged with second-degree murder in the case of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is expected to plead not guilty.

“We simply wanted an arrest,” said Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. “We wanted nothing more, nothing less. We just wanted an arrest, and we got it.”

Zimmerman has been out of sight since the fatal February shooting, which came about after he allegedly followed and confronted Martin on the street for being “suspicious”. Martin, who was wearing a hoodie at the time, was unarmed and was simply walking home from the store. The hoodie has become a symbol for injustice and has made appearances in celebrity circles as people from all over the country show their support of Trayvon and his family.

The shooting has sparked a tidal wave of debate, rumors, and conversations about whether or not the incident was racially motivated, and calls for Zimmerman’s arrest have resounded on just about every internet platform there is, especially Twitter. Film director Spike Lee landed himself in some hot water recently when he tweeted an address supposedly belonging to Zimmerman, but which actually belonged to a Florida couple who are not associated to Zimmerman in any way. They say they received hate mail and death threats and were forced to leave their home for fear of their safety. Lee eventually apologized to the couple and is compensating them for the loss of their property.

Twitter reacted to the news of Zimmerman’s arrest today:

George Zimmerman has been arrested & charged with 2nd degree murder. They’re going to have to put him on suicide watch!(image) 1 hour ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Nice to come home from work to the news of George Zimmerman finally arrested, Let’s not sleep on it though. Anything can happen #Trayvon(image) 2 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Tweet me when they say “life without parol” for George Zimmerman! Custody does nothing for me mentally!(image) 2 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Yes I’m serious. Thanks for the angry retweets…Free George Zimmerman!(image) 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Zimmerman Arrested | NewsOne: http://t.co/qdhlpG05 ARRESTED!!! JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!!! THERE IS A GOD!!!! THANK GOD FOR JUSTICE(image) 1 minute ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

It just baffles me how people can support and defend George Zimmerman.(image) 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Does anyone find it funny that George Zimmerman was wearing a hoodie to walk into jail tonight?(image) 2 minutes ago via Twitter for Android ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

If Trayvon’s parents “can continue to carry themselves in dignified manner, we all should” @tnycloseread http://t.co/SNOr7FF9(image) 3 minutes ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Zimmerman Charged With Second Degree Murder; Twitter Reacts
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  • James Lampkin

    If I follow a white -I’m a black male from Cleveland Ohio and live in the hood the good part all hoods ain’t bad- and a white male came down there and I follow him ,killed him and gave the police that story I be on the Federal pen for a hate crime with the death sentence and that would the next note ,And if you tkink race don’t have nothing to do with it you might want buy this bull they selling

  • http://www.themommypsychologist.com The Mommy Psychologist

    I’m so glad to finally see this! Besides the obvious justice for Trayvon and his parents, I think it’s monumental for the young people who ignited this fire in the beginning. It so important for our young people to see that their efforts actually made a difference. Remember, that young people are the ones who used social media to make everyone pay attention. And it worked! I talk about how important it is for young people to believe they can change the world here:

    http://www.themommypsychologist.com/2012/03/22/zimmermann-2012/

  • man alive

    Can you and everybody else please stop with the middle school pictures?! For goodness sake, we is not a boy anymore. Over 6′ tall, tatted up, 160+ lbs. I mean come on lets get for real stop tugging on peoples emotions and being dishonest. I am not saying I think that Zimmerman is innocent, I just don’t think the evidence has been fully analyzed and therefore remain neutral on George’s guilt or lack thereof…but I definitely grow tired of seeing journalists and media personnel that continue to post his pictures as a boy, at least try a little bit to not be so biased and dishonest. There are plenty of pictures of him as a man, good luck trying to find a picture of him not flippin’ off the camera or flashing gold teeth though.

  • Clark Kent Rocks Dude

    It interesting, and revealing, how meticulous the media has shaped this event over 6 weeks. For example, Trayvon apparently was in the advanced stages of Benjamin Button disease…thus the photos of his 12 year old appearance at age 17. Or, how George Zimmerman was found to usher in a new race of “White Hispanics”…of course he was white before that.

    Utterly dreading the Fringe-like phenomena that will reported during the trial from our beloved, truth seeking journalists.

  • Surprised

    I find it amazing that so much venom is being spewed toward a man who has NOT even been found guilty. He was granted bail because of the LAW that required PROOF before finding someone guilty. ALL we know for sure at this point is that he did shoot him. What we DON’T know is whether or not it was in self defense or not.

    Everyone PLEASE stop showing their ignorance and demanding that he be found guilty in the court of PUBLIC opinion. He is INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. This is STILL the United States of America.

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