With Bill Thompson after the George Zimmerman verdict

Union Square yesterday. (Ben Max via twitter.)
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Hours after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter this weekend for the killing of Trayvon Martin, New York's only black mayoral candidate was in a church in Queens, praying.

Bill Thompson, the former city comptroller and 2009 Democratic mayoral nominee, was with his wife, Elsie McCabe, and a couple of aides. They were scheduled to visit four black churches in southeast Queens on Sunday. 

At the first, the Majority Baptist Church of Jamaica, Thompson made no reference to controversial court decision. The pastor mentioned it as Thompson was walking out the door.

Outside that church, on Farmer's Boulevard, Thompson told me and another reporter he wanted the federal government to get involved. (The Justice Department has since announced it will review the case.)

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The outcome, after Martin was killed while walking home after buying a pack of Skittles, "makes no sense," Thompson said.

At the second church, the Bethany Baptist Church of Jamaica, on 111th Avenue, the pastor spoke about how "recent events" could help motivate voters to go to the polls, which many did not do four years ago, he said.

After the service there, I asked Thompson whether he thought voters might be galvanized by the death of Martin and acquittal of Zimmerman, as the pastor suggested.

"I think there is enough going on in New York to energize and galvanize people to come out and vote," he said.

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