Locals react to Zimmerman verdict

POSTED: 7:00 PM Jul 15 2013
George Zimmerman

People in our area have mixed reactions to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Monday morning the Pitt County branch of the NAACP held a press conference where people spoke out against the verdict, saying the decision was racially driven. Don Cavellini of the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism said for "anyone who had a notion that American justice knows no color. Think again!" Local man Jeff Savage said, "once again it's the descendants of slaves in this country who have received the greatest injustice of all."

Some residents think otherwise, like Kenny Congleton, who said he thinks "Zimmerman might have taken it a little too far, but still you know, you're gonna protect your, you wanna protect your surroundings."

When it comes to people protecting their surroundings in Pitt County, Sheriff Neil Elks says his office has a good relationship with Community Watch organizations. "Our rules and our policies are if you see something you call 9-1-1, you report it. Let us check it out," he said.

Elks says while Community Watch programs are helpful, he doesn't want the public taking the law into their own hands. "We're not asking them to be police officers we asking them to be the eyes and ears of the community and to call us and report things," he said. "I wouldn't ask a civilian to get in harms way of immediate danger like that."