George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. That was the verdict just handed down by six Seminole County jurors, after 15 hours of deliberations and several weeks of testimony and evidence.

Sharpton went on to say he would convene an “emergency call” with preachers Saturday night “to discuss next steps,” adding that he intends “to head to Florida in the next few days.”

Jackson, meanwhile, took to Twitter.

“Avoid violence, it will lead to more tragedies. Find a way for self construction not deconstruction in this time of despair. #ZimmermanTrial,” Jackson tweeted.

In the weeks and months after Trayvon was killed, more than a million people signed an on-line petition, demanding his arrest. NBA stars wore hoodies as a sign of solidarity, and members of the Black Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives drafted a resolution, describing the killing as one of “racial bias.”

Political leaders responded. Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor — Corey — and under pressure from U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a civil rights investigation. The agency has not reported its outcome.

The governor also established a panel to review Florida's Stand Your Ground law, the statute that allows anyone to use deadly force if he has a reasonable fear of imminent death or grave bodily injury. It wrapped up its work, recommending no substantive changes.

Protesters returned Friday, with dozens turning out on the Seminole County criminal courthouse lawn as word spread that deliberations had begun. On Saturday, their numbers grew to 200 people, the overwhelming majority wanted a conviction. And crowds gathered late into the night, after the verdict was read, at the courthouse and in the historic Goldsboro area of Sanford.

About an hour after the verdict was read Saturday night, Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, posted a message on Twitter that captured her grief.

“Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!” or 407-420-5171. or 407-650-6394.