by Bill Hoffmann
July 22, 2013
Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says those who are protesting the acquittal of George Zimmerman are simply dissatisfied with the progress of race relations in the United States.
“What they’re doing here is they’re substituting their views about the case for their general views about the state of race relations in this country,” Gonzales told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
“People are acting emotionally because a young man tragically died … It seems rather senseless and they want to hold someone accountable and I understand that.
“[But] people are sort of confusing the state of race relations today with the outcome of this case and while I understand it because there is frustration in the African American community.”
Earlier this month, Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who he claims he shot in self-defense after the youth attacked him.
Gonzalez, who was Attorney General under President George W. Bush, said that based upon the evidence, and the application of the law, the verdict was correct.
“People need to remember that what is expected to be delivered in our criminal justice system is justice under the law and that’s what happened here,” he said.