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Sunday, July 14, 2013

First Slice 7/14/13: Falcons wide receiver felt very strongly about the Zimmerman verdict

As you surely have already read, a Florida jury late last night found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Andrew Cohen at The Atlantic has posted one of the better legal interpretations of the case and what happens next. Jelani Cobb, a former Spelman College professor who now teaches at the University of Connecticut and writes for the New Yorker, is worth reading. Seen other interesting takes? Post them in the comments.

The response to the verdict on social media was overwhelming. Some people posted photos of themselves wearing hoodies, which Martin wore the night he was killed. Others reacted on Twitter. Among them: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who tweeted "All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid." Something tells us the coach will want to chat with White on Monday morning.

Closer to home, roughly 40 people gathered in Woodruff Park and marched along Auburn and Edgewood avenues to protest the verdict. On the political front, Mayor Kasim Reed expressed his disappointment with the verdict, which he said he would respect. He said efforts must be made to make neighborhoods safer and change stereotypes.

In non-Zimmerman news: Hundreds of people gathered to pay respects to East Point Police Corporal Crystal A. Parker. The six-year law enforcement officer was found killed in her apartment. Her former roommate has been charged with murder.

Maria Saporta gives a rundown on the most recent GeorgiaForward forum. It was the first time the nonprofit group aimed at bridging rural, suburban, and urban areas of the state held the conference in Atlanta.

Finally, Happy Bastille Day!

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