ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, is the latest local politician to say she disagrees with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Nasheed says the Florida jury got it wrong.

“They are totally out of touch,” she told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Tuesday. “You don’t have a lot of evidence here. You have a man that killed a young man, a black man, and the only person that can talk about it is him.”

Nasheed says if Zimmerman had simply called police and not followed Martin, there never would have been a confrontation or shooting.

“He had intent. He was tired of individuals getting away and he wanted to do something about it, take the matter into his own hands, and he had that gun which made him a macho man because when you have a gun, you feel like you’re powerful,” Sen. Nasheed said.

When asked if racism played a role in Zimmerman’s acquittal, Nasheed said, “Stevie Wonder can see that and he’s blind.”


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