My personal view of this case is that the jury got it right based on the law. I know some want to change the law, but I disagree. I do not want to take rights away from the people. I would rather take rights from the government. Like NSA surveillance and drones killing citizens.
In this case, it seems Zimmerman was a racist that got away with killing an innocent. I did not watch the entire trial, but that is my take from what I saw. I also think the police did a lousy job because the victim was black. If the roles were reversed, I suspect Trayvon would have been put in jail and likely would have been convicted, mostly due to racial prejudice. I suspect Zimmerman will live with guilt and have a tough life. Karma will take its toll. I know that does not help Trayvon's family.
I think a fair and thorough police investigation would have had Zimmerman charged with a lesser offense and pled out to a probation sentence. This would have been easier without the huge press attention.
We all need to recognize and fight the racist tendencies within ourselves. I know I have them - I wish I did not, but I do. I try to see it and fix it as soon as I can. I try to act the right way. I do not always do so and that causes me pain.
Self defense is an important right for all people. In Colorado, you do not have to retreat, but you also lose your rights to self defense if you start the fight and do not withdraw from it. Self defense in Colorado requires you to only use a reasonable amount of force given the force you face or fear. That said, it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
I hope Trayvon's family can find peace. I hope we all learn not to make assumptions that lead to great injury or death.