As the verdict drew near, police and city leaders in Los Angeles and other parts of California said they were taking precautions against the possibility of mass protests or unrest.
'There is no party in this case who wants to see any violence,' Los Angeles County Sheriff said immediately after jurors began deliberating. 'We have an expectation upon this announcement that our community will continue to act peacefully.'
Crowds outside the courthouse were outspoken about their disappointment at the verdict, yelling 'The system has failed us', and hundreds took to Twitter to voice their discontentment with the justice system and jury.
Moments after the verdict was read out, people reacting on Twitter had described him as 'a dead man walking'.
Simpson's defense attorneys said the verdict had not sunk in for him yet...Oh, wait. I might have got some of that wrong...
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Martin family, acknowledged the disappointment of Trayvon's supporters, as he ranked the teenager alongside civil rights heroes Medgar Evers and Emmett Till in the history of the fight for equal justice.This kind of hyperbole makes me want to vomit over the keyboard. Evers walked twelve miles to school to earn his high-school diploma and fought for his country in WWII. Martin was a street rat with a record; he wasn't fit to shine Evers' shoes.
And but for the meddling of the worst President the US has had, he wouldn't even be a cause celebre.