Colin Powell: Zimmerman Verdict 'Questionable'

He expressed uncertainty about whether the case has staying power in the mind of the public.

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Colin Powell, former secretary of state, speaking at an event in 2009 (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for IRC)

Calling it "questionable" that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, former Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed uncertainty about whether the case would have lasting power in the public's mind, the Associated Press reports.

Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation, Powell said cases like Martin's "blaze across the midnight sky" and are forgotten.

The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state, Powell says America has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Powell recalled being refused service when trying to buy a hamburger before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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