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George Zimmerman Trial: Rev. Jesse Jackson urges people to avoid violence over verdict

From left: Rev. Al Sharpton; Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; and Rev. Jesse Jackson, at a community forum on the killing of Trayvon Martin, at Macedonia Baptist Church, March 26, 2012 in Eatonville, Fla. A march and rally are planned for later this afternoon in Sanford. Mario Tama/Getty Images

From left: Rev. Al Sharpton; Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; and Rev. Jesse Jackson, at a community forum on the killing of Trayvon Martin, at Macedonia Baptist Church, March 26, 2012 in Eatonville, Fla.
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(CBS/AP) CHICAGO - - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging people to avoid violence if George Zimmerman is found not guilty.

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The civil rights activist is tweeting that message to his 20,000 Twitter followers as jurors deliberate Saturday for a second day in the racially charged case.

Former neighborhood watch leader Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in last year's slaying of a 17-year-old black teen in Sanford, Fla., Trayvon Martin.

Police in Florida say they're preparing for the possibility of mass protests or even civil unrest.

Jackson says people should "avoid violence because it only leads to more tragedies."

Jackson also says that should Zimmerman be found guilty people should avoid "inappropriate celebrations because a young man lost his life."

He says we seek "justice not revenge" from the judicial system.

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  • Crimesider Staff

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