Zimmerman fate following acquittal uncertain

7:10 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. - Following his acquittal on all charges in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman will spend no time behind bars.

But that is about the only certain thing that can be said about the former neighborhood watch volunteer's immediate future.

The Department of Justice could file criminal civil rights charges, and Zimmerman may face civil lawsuits. He might make a lot of money by writing a book or from a lawsuit he brought against a major television network last year.

For the moment, however, veteran publicists say Zimmerman really has only one option available: to hide.

The six-member jury's not-guilty verdict late Saturday prompted a wave of anger among civil rights leaders and others. Image handlers say Zimmerman needs to take that anger, and potential death threats, seriously.

From New York to California, demonstrators are rallying against the verdict.

In Manhattan on Sunday, Rev. Jacqueline Lewis of Middle Collegiate Church wore a pink hooded sweatshirt and told her congregation, "We're going to raise our voices against the root causes of this kind of tragedy."

Protests were planned around the country on Sunday. The case unleashed debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

After the verdict, some angry protesters in Oakland, Calif., broke windows, burned flags and started small street fires. In Florida, about 200 demonstrators marched in Tallahassee carrying signs that said "Racism is Not Dead" and "Who's Next?"

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