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Patrick calls Zimmerman trial verdict ‘sad’

Governor Deval Patrick said Monday that he felt “disappointment” with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who was found not guilty by a Florida jury Saturday in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager.

“It’s just sad,” Patrick told reporters outside his office in the State House. “You know, I don’t know what you say to a young black boy or mothers of young black boys if the message of this is that you can be pursued down the street by someone with a gun and when you try to defend yourself that person is justified in shooting you dead.”

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