Opening Act: Arrested

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April 12 2012 7:57 AM

Opening Act: Arrested

George Zimmerman was arrested yesterday. The charge was second degree murder; the Orlando Sentinel captures the scene.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

At the Washington convention center where Trayvon's parents later spoke, a crowd of about 40 had gathered around a hallway TV to hear the decision by the special prosecutor. When she said they would pursue second-degree murder, many in the group erupted in applause.
Soon after Corey's announcement, the Rev. Al Sharpton addressed the crowd.
"We don't want anyone high-fiving tonight. There was no winner tonight," Sharpton said. "This is not about gloating. This is about pursuing justice."
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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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