Former O.J. Simpson Prosecutor Marcia Clark Blames L.A.'s 'Racial Divide' for His Acquittal

"The mistrust minorities had in the police" led to Simpson's acquittal, says Clark

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As The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has shown, there was a lot more at play during the O.J. Simpson murder trial than may have met the eye.

And former prosecutor Marcia Clark believes there was one major factor that contributed to Simpson’s acquittal at the end of the 1995 trial.

“To me, one of the chief reasons for the verdict was the racial divide and the mistrust that minorities viewed the police with, particularly in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict,” says Clark.

Clark, 62, says she wishes she could say the racial divide has gotten smaller and the mistrust in police is gone, but she doesn’t believe that is the case.

“I thought we would be better by now, but I have really been devastated by the past several years and all these police shootings and cases like Trayvon Martin‘s,” she says. “Police were not even going to arrest [Martin shooter] George Zimmerman, which drove me crazy. These things are on tape and there is no question about it being a good or bad shoot. It was a bad shoot.”

Clark feels these incidents have made the Simpson case and the social unrest of the time “even more relevant today.”

“It does make me wonder,” she says. “Given all we’ve seen now, would we obtain a different verdict today in the Simpson case? I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Clark’s new crime thriller Blood Defense is available in bookstores May 1 and her best-selling Simpson trial memoir Without a Doubt (featuring a new forward) is available in e-book form now. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays (10 p.m. ET) on FX.

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