*(Via LA Times) – The not-guilty verdict in the O.J. Simpson case generated much debate that was often divided along racial lines.
From the beginning, many blacks said they did not believe Simpson killed his wife and her friend. Many whites believed he did, even after he was found not guilty. A 1995 CNN poll underscored this racial divide.
Even a decade after the verdict, an NBC News poll found those divisions remained.
The Times asked several people around L.A. this week how their views of the case evolved over time.
Clyde Austin, 28, leaned against a tree as he chatted with friends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Western Avenue this week. He remembers watching the televised verdict inside a classroom at Lenecia B. Weemes Elementary School.
“I thought the whole thing was crazy,” he recalled. “I had a teacher who said he was wrongly accused.”
Although Austin didn’t understand the trial as a child, his thoughts on the spectacle are similar to those around him as a child.
“He might have known what happened, but honestly, I don’t think he did it,” he said.
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