Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton
Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, when asked by the defense on July 5 if she. “Rest in Power” by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin was released The case sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. Five years after their son's death, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, reflect on grief, faith and their commitment to.
Police took him to a room and played some of the recordings of neighbors who called to report a disturbance followed by a gunshot. Sanford police have stopped talking to reporters about the case, and Serino has never spoken publicly about his role in it, but here is how Martin recalls what Serino said: Zimmerman said he started running between the buildings.
Zimmerman gets out of his car. He comes around the building. Trayvon is hiding behind the building, waiting on him. He says Trayvon hits him. He falls on the ground. He himself has kept quiet.
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Sanford police have declined numerous requests for comment on any aspect of the story, even before a special prosecutor overseeing the case invoked a state law that restricts otherwise public information in the course of an active criminal investigation.
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly, since any statements he makes could affect future litigation against him. Though he is free, he remains in hiding. His father, brother, and defense lawyer, Craig Sonner, have said in interviews that Zimmerman is not racist and has been unfairly vilified. He feared for his life during his altercation with Trayvon Martin, they say, and was justified in using deadly force.
Charges were dropped after he entered a special program for first-time offenders. Later that year, his then-girlfriend took out a restraining order, accusing him of domestic violence.
A law-enforcement source, who had been informed of the case by investigators, told Reuters that Serino was eager to bring a charge but encountered resistance from the office of the prosecutor, State Attorney Norman Wolfinger. For now there is one arbiter who matters. Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, a state attorney from northern Florida appointed by Scott on March 22, has taken over the investigation and will decide whether charges are warranted. The shooter, said to be white, had gone free. As in many cities in the South, Sanford has a long history of racial tension, and black mistrust of the police runs deep.
The only minority on the six-member jury, a year-old Puerto Rican woman, was interviewed on ABC, where she made a startling comment.The Trayvon Martin Foundation - Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin
George Zimmerman got away with murder but you can't get away from God. And at the end of the day, he's gonna have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with. During the trial, the judge ordered the identities of the jurors remain confidential and that order hasn't yet been lifted.
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The juror, identified only as Maddy, said in her heart she thought Zimmerman was guilty, but in several hours of deliberation, she became convinced by her reading of the law that there wasn't enough evidence to convict him.
In her interview on ABC, the juror, a mother with eight children of her own, had a message for Sybrina Fulton. I want Trayvon's mom to know that I'm hurting and if she thought that nobody cared about her son, I can speak for myself. I can't do anything about it and I felt like I let a lot of people down.
Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, said in his view, Maddy did what a juror is supposed to do, set her feelings aside and cast a verdict based on the evidence presented in court and on the law.
Of the two people who know exactly what happened, only the shooter is alive to tell their account.
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Trayvon's parents describe their journey to find answers and get justice: While the media coverage played a large part in the pressure to bring the case to trial, having their personal tragedy becoming national news also had a negative side. There were vicious attacks on the characters of Trayvon and his parents and passionate support for the shooter.
False stories and mischaracterizations still circulate about the case and distract from the central issues. Race was the elephant in the room: It worried me, though. Because we knew that once it became a racial issue, once it was more than the plain and simple act of a kid walking home shot dead—people were going to be divided. Rest in Power is a real-life account of how far lawyers will go to avoid mentioning race and how damaging the consequences of mentioning it can be in the courtroom and the court of public opinion.
It also addresses racial prejudice in jury pools and the challenges of ensuring a fair trial. In terms of the initial investigation, it seems that the police made assumptions about what type of this case was and it wasn't as fully investigated as it could have been. The shooter was taken at his word, despite the suspicions of the investigating detective.