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Trayvon Martin verdict brings wide outcry, US review

Accusations of racism follow acquittal; Justice Dept. will examine case

NEW YORK — The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reverberated across the country on Sunday from church pulpits to street protests, setting off a conversation about race, crime, and how the justice system handled a polarizing killing of the black teenager in Florida.

Lawmakers, members of the clergy, and demonstrators who assembled in parks and squares described the decision of the six-person jury not to convict Zimmerman on any counts in the death of Martin as evidence of endemic racism.

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