The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African American male who was unarmed; George Zimmerman is a 28-year-old Hispanic American, who at the time of the shooting was a community watch coordinator.
Last month, a Fox executive spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the studio's upcoming release, "Neighborhood Watch," saying, "We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien-invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida."
The Trayvon Martin case is getting even more heated as armed neo-Nazis are reportedly patrolling the streets of Sanford, Fla.-where the black, unarmed teen was shot and killed. A representative for the Detroit-based National Socialist movement told the Miami New Times that his group of roughly 10 to 20 volunteers aren't there to start trouble, but are prepared to protect the "white citizens in the area" in the event of race riots.
According to [a new Washington Post-ABC News] poll, 55 percent of all Americans think blacks and other minorities do not receive the same treatment as whites in the criminal justice system. About half of whites say minorities are not treated equitably, a figure that jumps far higher — to more than eight in 10 — among African Americans.
Nearly seven in 10 blacks oppose “Stand Your Ground” laws, which hold that people are legally entitled to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Most whites — 55 percent — support such laws.
[I]n the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy in Sanford, Fla., as well as the racially charged rampage last week in Tulsa, Okla., some critics are now wondering whether the gutting of prosecutorial discretion in many self-defense cases has created a legal no man’s land.
The announcement of the federal investigation came after protests that the Sanford Police Department had mishandled the case. The Sanford police chief, Bill Lee Jr., was heavily criticized, leading him to announce on March 22 that he would step down. Mr. Lee said the police were prohibited from making an arrest based on the facts they had at the time of the shooting. He said he continued to stand behind his department’s investigation.
The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People... has complained that the authorities neglected the case because Mr Martin was black. Many assume that Mr Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, decided that Mr Martin looked suspicious simply because of the colour of his skin. Mr Obama seemed to allude to such a view when he said, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
When Florida special prosecutor Angela B. Corey stepped to the microphone to announce that the state was finally laying a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman, a 28-year old neighbourhood watch captain of part Hispanic background responsible for Trayvon’s shooting death, she used some potent phrases – “the never-ending search for the truth,” and “a quest to always do the right thing for the right reasons.”
“When I heard about the tragedy and the initial story, I knew it wasn’t true,” said Ricaysha Milton, 17, who knew Trayvon from Carol City High School, and corresponded with him over Twitter. “Trayvon is the ‘walk away’ type of guy. He’d rather walk away than fight.’’
After talking with Zimmerman, Oliver[, a friend of Zimmerman's,] says he's convinced that it came down to a final life-or-death moment: "At that point, either George or Trayvon was going to die."
The Neighborhood Watch at Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Zimmerman lived and was chosen as coordinator by his neighbors, was formed in September, Dorival said. It is not registered with the national group[.]
Trayvon had left the house he and his father were visiting to walk to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, who was in a sport-utility vehicle. Zimmerman called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. The operator told Zimmerman that officers were being dispatched and not to pursue the boy.