On Wednesday, his parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton appeared on Today to discuss the latest developments in the case, noting that the phone call with Trayvon’s 16-year-old girlfriend proves he wasn’t doing anything suspicious, and, as attorney Ben Crump mentioned at a news conference on Tuesday, “completely blows Zimmerman’s absurd self-defense claim out of the water”. View their interview below and read on for the latest details.
Trayvon Martin’s Parents on Today
Latest Details on the Trayvon Martin Case
Following the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to investigate Trayvon’s death, on Tuesday (March 21), Florida State Attorney Norm Wolfinger announced the case would be heading to a grand jury, which is to convene on April 10.
Additionally, the Sanford Police Department admitted that it missed a possible racist remark by Zimmerman. During his 911 call, it sounds like Zimmerman utters “fuckin’ coons” before he confronted Trayvon. Despite this possible revelation, Justice Department officials suggest it “would be difficult to prosecute the case under federal law”.
As a result of the botched investigation by the Sanford Police Department, however, the NAACP has called for the removal of Chief Bill Lee, who commented over the weekend: “We are taking a beating over this. This is all very unsettling. I’m sure if George Zimmerman had the opportunity to relive Sunday, Feb. 26, he’d probably do things differently. I’m sure Trayvon would, too.”
On Wednesday, A Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin will be held in New York with others around the country wearing hoodies in support as the petition to prosecute George Zimmerman approaches 1 million signatures. On Thursday, Al Sharpton will lead a rally at the First Shiloh Baptist Church in Sanford at 7 p.m., and on Monday, March 26, the Trayvon Martin March for Justice will be held prior to the city council meeting at Sanford City Hall at 4 p.m.