The decision by a Florida jury to acquit the man accused of murdering an unarmed African American has triggered protests across the US. President Barack Obama urged Americans to respect the jury's decision.
A Florida jury has convicted a man on charges relating to an unarmed black teenager's death in a dispute over loud music. A mistrial was declared after jurors were unable to reach a verdict on the main charge of murder.
The United States made plenty of headlines in 2013, ranging from fatal bombings to deadly tornados, government shutdowns and NSA leaks. But in between the doom and gloom there was also some good news.
The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin has outraged many people in the US. Many believe that race played a role in the case.
US President Barack Obama has urged people to "respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son," after a Florida court cleared George Zimmerman of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin.
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