It was a hate crime. The evidence clearly pointed to the fact that the assailant viciously attacked his victim, without provocation. Furthermore, there is much evidence showing that the crimina criminal "profiled" the victim and uttered a racial slur (on the telephone) before approaching his victim, attacking violently, and using excessive force. The jury in Florida decided that Trayvon Martin committed a number of criminal acts: assault and battery, and probably attempted murder, and that the victim, George Zimmerman acted only in self defense. Furthermore, the jury rejected the notion that Zimmereman "profiled" Trayvon Martin, but considered the evidence -- including the racial slurs uttered by the assailant (on the telephone, before he attacked Zimmerman), and also the anti-gay remarks, which suggest that Martin apparantly believed that Zimmerman was gay and may have attacked him for that reason, too. If there is a civil lawsuit in this, it should be Zimmerman suing the estate of Trayvon Martin for damages from his vicious assult, and possibly a civil rights action against the politicians who denied Zimmerman a Grand jury hearing and due process -- instead staging a media circus trial, and bringing in a "special procecutor" who hid evidence from the defense To make matters worse, professional "race mongers" like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are now promoting and attempting to organize what can only be described as modern "Lynch Mobs". The goverment of Iran has issued an official condemnation of America. The mainstream press now these condemnations seriously, even when they come from the same Ayatollas who execute their own homosexuals. Sadly, the President has also joined this parade. George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch captain, fully trained and competent, who bravely responded to a rash of burglaries and vandalism in a gated community, followed suspicious person who was seen lurking around air-conditioning units and shrubbery (and apparently peeking in windows), and was then attacked without any physicqal provocation, and beaten nearly senseless. Not only is George Zimmerman lucky to be alive, he can correectly be described as a "wounded warrior".