Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) called the verdict “devastating” on ABC’s This Week.
“I just am very concerned about what message this sends to the community, the fear that people must have now. But, you know, I just think that it was very sad,” she said.
Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) said the response to the verdict was “the same kind of response when Casey Anthony jury came back.”
“Well, if you take race out of this, what you have is a young person who died going to buy candy, was innocent, was not involved in any criminal activity and a person who officials had asked not to follow him took a gun and killed him. And now, that person will get his gun back. George Zimmerman will get that gun back,” Fattah said on CNN’s State of the Union.
“He will be out, and I think the notion that the jury is saying to him that if he did the same thing again today, or tomorrow, or next week, or someone else did it that there would be no punishment is not a great signal to send.”
Comparatively, though, few members of the CBC had issued statements about the verdict as of Sunday.
“Turn your pain into passion and your passion into purpose. Now is the time to do so for #JusticeForTrayvon,” tweeted Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).
“I hope that our country now engages in a much needed conversation about the consequences of racial profiling #IAmTrayvonMartin,” tweeted Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.).