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Airwaves heat up over the Zimmerman murder trial

11:38 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- On black talk radio in Atlanta, the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has captivated listeners from day one, especially those who see the trial as a litmus test for justice.

"How's that possible?" WAOK talk show host Derrick Boazman asked rhetorically. "To just be walking in your neighborhood and be dead; and the person that kills you ends up walking away scott free, perhaps." 

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"I'm just fearful that this is just another indication that, at the state and local level, we don't get justice," responded one caller to his show.

In the court of public opinion, the verdict is in for many in the African American community, who believe prosecutors are guilty of doing a poor job presenting the evidence. 

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"I have a feeling Mr. Zimmerman's going to walk," said another caller. "They couldn't prove second degree (murder). They just barely proved manslaughter; and the way the defense is vilifying Trayvon... I think the jury has made they're mind up; and I think he's going to walk." 

Boazman is the host of "Too Much Truth" on WAOK radio. He says no matter the outcome of the Zimmerman trial, the community must refocus its efforts to protect at-risk youth. 

"If we lost Trayvon, we can't focus on the loss," he said. "We have to focus on what's left. Let's save another in his name; and that's what we're going to be calling on people to do." 

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