Monday night at 10 p.m ET on a special edition of HLN After Dark, Vinnie Politan is one-on-one with the Zimmerman prosecution team to try to find out what happened. HLN has been all over this case, and nothing is off-limits in this primetime interview.
After more than 16 hours of deliberation, jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman announced that they had reached a decision of not guilty.
George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, was on trial for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense after the two fought.
The NAACP released a statement quickly after the verdict was read.
“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”
An immediate outpouring of support went out to the Martin family and terms like #NoJusticeForTrayvonSanford and "May God" trended on Twitter. Actress and model Gabrielle Union tweeted immediately, saddened by the news.
The spikes in conversation on Twitter showed many people felt the case was unjust and compared the case to other verdicts, like Emmett Till and Rodney King.
Trayvon Martin's father Tracy expressed his thoughts on Twitter soon after the verdict was announced.
Trayvon Martin's mother, Sabrina Fulton, tweeted as well.
WFTS captured the faces of those waiting outside the courthouse in response to the verdict.
Author Kurt Schlichter thanked God in his reaction to the verdict on Twitter.
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.
American business magnate Russell Simmons expressed disappointment, but remained calm.
However, in direct threats also emerged as #IfIEverSeeZimmerman trended. And media personality Rickey Smiley called for people to "Find Zimmerman," but then later deleted the tweet.
While jubilation over the verdict may not have trended highly, that may be due to the backlash they've faced in the past. Many who publicly posted the opinion that Zimmerman should walk free were bullied by gangs of people on social media.
However, in an anonymous HLNtv.com pollasking whether or not people agreed with the verdict, the results were split 50/50. And support for Zimmerman continues to be shown through financial donations to his website.