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Fla. town somberly absorbs Zimmerman verdict

Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 3:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:07 a.m. CDT
(Phelan M. Ebenhack)
The Rev. Venitta Robinson talks about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial at the Trayvon Martin memorial in the historically black Goldsboro neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Martin. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Some black residents of Sanford, Fla., see the acquittal of George Zimmerman as the latest blow to race relations in the town.

The community of almost 50,000 people is where Trayvon Martin was shot. Some residents say that while relations between black and white have improved over the years, progress has been slow and the case demonstrated problems remain.

James Tillman, who is black, said Saturday's verdict just adds to his mistrust of local authorities, who have been criticized over the years for their handling of other crimes against blacks.

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