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Real News Panel Reacts to Zimmerman Trial

"Profiling to a certain degree, to a certain extent is necessary in law enforcement."

The acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday shocked many across the United States, with supporters of the family of Trayvon Martin protesting in many cities through the weekend and the President releasing a statement after the verdict that the death of Martin was "a tragedy," "but we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken." The Department of Justice is looking into whether criminal civil rights charges could be brought against George Zimmerman. The ruling has also been commented on by gun control advocates.

"One fact has long been crystal clear: ‘Shoot first’ laws, like those in Florida, can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns,” New York City Michael Bloomberg told The New York Post.

Eliot Spitzer called the verdict “a failure of justice," in a statement to the Post.

On 'Real News' Monday the panel discussed the verdict, the way the case has been covered by the media, and what this case will mean for race relations in America.

"We profile each other every freaking day in this country," Tara Setmayer said Monday. "Every single day. Profiling to a certain degree, to a certain extent is necessary in law enforcement."

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