Leaders and members gathered at the NAACP annual convention Saturday night to watch the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. It wasn't the outcome they were hoping for.
"The NAACP is disappointed," says Georgia State President Charles Dubose. "We are frustrated with the system, but we are hopeful and encouraged that the US Justice Department will get involved and make this wrong that took place right."
On Sunday, the NAACP called for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights case to see if there was a violation of a sanction where racism is involved. In past cases, this has been tough to prove.
"Personally, I think proving this will be very, very difficult," says Columbus Attorney Bob Poydasheff.
Regardless of where Zimmerman's fate lands, the verdict has inspired the NAACP.
"We're energized, we are more energized than ever before. We are able to grab renewed energy and renew our spirits in the hope that we must fight on," says Dubose.
Jason Stubbs, the Director of Georgia Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a non-partisan organization which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses in Georgia as an effective means of self-defense, believes the jury made the right decision with their verdict.
"It was by all account a fair trial, I think this is one of those situations where the justice system worked," says Stubbs.
Whether people agree or disagree with the verdict, Poydasheff says it's important to look at the justice system with some perspective.
"The justice system is not perfect and it never will be, but we have a good justice system…the system we have in this country is as good as system as you can get," says Poydasheff.
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