Al Sharpton cautioned viewers on Wednesday night that there "should be no violence" whatever the outcome of George Zimmerman's trial.
The attorneys in the case will start their closing arguments on Thursday. Sharpton reflected on the trial, saying on "Politics Nation," "No matter what their decision, there'll be no winners in this case. If the defense wins, Mr. Zimmerman will have to still bear the burden of the accusations and will be known for this throughout his life. If the prosecution wins, the family of Trayvon Martin will not get their child back, their brother back."
Sharpton continued, "So therefore, whatever the outcome there should be no gloating and should be no violence."
His message echoed previous comments by police and city leaders in Florida, who are taking precautionary measures for protests that could develop if Zimmerman is acquitted. Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year old, and Sharpton has been a vocal advocate for the teenager's family since then.
"We are tired of going to jail for nothing and others going home for something," he said at a rally in March. "Zimmerman should have been arrested that night ... you cannot defend yourself against a pack of Skittles and iced tea."