The Zimmerman trial is over, though there may be a civil rights federal case to come. We can agree with the conclusions of the jury or not, but this case does raise an important question for the rest of us:
What actions can a concerned citizen take?
If we see suspicious activity, must we leave it to the police, who often respond hours later, if at all? Will getting involved lead to violent responses, even if the person getting involved only asks questions?
Whatever your view of this case, it does make it look likely that we will be less willing to care about our communities. We’ll be more likely to focus only on what happens to us directly. The consequences of getting involved look too great.
That is the worst possible outcome of this trial.