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updated 7/13/2013 11:45:36 PM ET 2013-07-14T03:45:36

Shortly after a Florida jury announced it had found George Zimmerman not-guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton called the verdict 'an atrocity.'

A Florida jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman plead not-guilty, and said he had acted in self-defense when he shot Martin on Feb. 26. 2012.

“I think that this is an atrocity,” Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC shortly after the verdict was announced.  ”I think that it is probably one of the worst situations that I’ve seen. What this jury has done is establish a precedent, that if you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother, and be killed, and someone can claim self-defense having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”

“This is a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country,” Sharpton added later.

Editor’s note: George Zimmerman has sued NBC Universal for defamation. The company strongly denies the allegation.

Video: Sharpton reacts to Zimmerman verdict

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    >> a case that riveted a nation. the death of an unarmed teenager, trayvon martin. the question of george zimmerman and whether he acted in self-defense, clearly the conclusion that a jury of six women came to tonight. george zimmerman, not guilty. it was a case that was as much about larger issues. it was about guns in this country. it was about race in this country. the reverend al sharpton joins us now. your reaction.

    >> well, i think that this is an atrocity. i think that it is probably one of the worst situations that i've seen. what this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime. just bringing some skittles and iced tea home to your brother and be killed and someone can claim self-defense. having been exposed with all kinds of lies. all kinds of inconsistencies. we had, even at trial when he is exposed over and over again as a liar, he is acquitted. this is a sad day in the country. i think that we clearly must move on to the next step in terms of the federal government and in terms of the civil courts . clearly, we want people to be disciplined, strategic. this is a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country.

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