Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's Stepmother, Finally Speaks Out
Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, discuss their them, and that wearing one wouldn't mark him for trouble, I was okay with it.” . I can truly say we don't understand the relationships between other. Issues of race and gun law came to the fore thanks to civil rights Trayvon Martin so nearly went to his grave unnoticed, his death But the determination of his parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, .. OJ Simpson (no relation!) famously murdered a white woman and white man, and he was acquitted. Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin Talk New Book, Say They Haven't the fingers, but about pointing our fingers at the problem,” Fulton said.
Places graffiti on buildings: This is one reason why Trayvon Martin was suspended from school on one occasion. His text messages praised marijuana smoking and THC metabolites were found in his body during the autopsy. Two of the items he purchased at the grocery store the night of his death were considered ingredients for Purple Drank, a dangerous concoction made with cough syrup, Arizona Tea and Skittles or other candy.
He was interested in codeine. Trace elements of other drugs were also found in the toxicological analysis. Trayvon Martin may or may not have been smoking marijuana in his posted photographs.
As stated above, one of his school suspensions was for having a marijuana pipe and a bag with marijuana residue in it. His Facebook and other internet photos showed someone shooting birds at the camera, not smiling, with his shirt off, smoking, and otherwise posing in the macho-man bad-ass role. Trayvon Martin appears to have acted in response to the status challenge of Zimmerman, a typical scenario for shootings and deaths involving young men.
The prosecution objected to the text messages and they were excluded. All the physical evidence shows that Martin was the aggressor, as does the account of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman of course should have stayed in his car.
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Zimmerman was diagnosed with a closed fracture of his nose, two black eyes, lacerations to the back of his head, a minor back injury, and bruising in his upper lip and cheek. By all accounts, there was fighting before the gunshot that killed Trayvon Martin. An escalating series of events characterizes most fist-fights and assaults and many homicides. This absence runs like a thread through gangsta rap, gangsta culture and gangsta behavior. This is something the ministers who praise his character ought to consider.
Owns or admires weapons: Trayvon Martin articulated an interest in obtaining a gun.
Their call for the man who shot their son with a 9mm pistol, the then year-old neighbourhood watch captain George Zimmermanto be held accountable transformed the shooting into a litmus test of justice in America today. It put the country's proliferating "stand your ground" gun laws, racial profiling and discrimination against black young men — as well as police incompetence — in the dock.
On 8 March, Martin's parents launched a petition on change.
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The petition went viral, attracting within days more than two million signatures, a record for the campaigns website. In the wake of the petition, a storm gathered. Protests were staged across Florida and around America, the crowds sporting hoodies and eating Skittles sweets, just as the teenager had the evening he died.
Those seasoned civil rights activists, the reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, descended on Sanford, and the furore reached as high as the White House, where President Obama lamented that "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon". The billowing controversy put a spotlight on the state of law enforcement locally and nationally.
Trayvon Martin: how a teenager's death sparked a national debate
Locally, the police chief handling the case, Bill Lee, came under pressure for having appeared to run a less than robust investigation into the shooting. Lee allowed Zimmerman to walk free, stating publicly that there was insufficient evidence to show he did not act in self-defence. Despite the efforts of the Sanford city authorities to protect him, Lee was forced out in June last year, by which time a special prosecutor had issued charges against Zimmerman.
Jesse Jackson, centre right, joins a protest march over the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Supporters of Zimmerman countered that he is Hispanic, and that race didn't come into it. When the case came to trial, Zimmerman's defence team mounted a conventional argument of self defence and did not rely on the stand-your-ground provision in Florida law. But the shooting drew national attention to a plethora of such laws that have expanded the power of gun owners by extending their right not to retreat from a threat out of their homes and into public places.
More than 20 states had adopted such laws, Florida among the first and most enthusiastically.
Of the incidents explored by the newspaper, almost a third involved defendants who initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went unpunished.