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Trayvon Martin’s parents shocked by verdict

By Associated Press


 MIAMI (AP) — Trayvon Martin’s parents made appearances on network morning shows Thursday, saying they are still shocked that jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of their 17-year-old son.

On NBC’s “Today” show, Sybrina Fulton questioned whether jurors looked at the shooting from her son’s point of view.

“He was a teenager. He was scared. He did run,” Fulton said, who added that she believes the justice system failed her son.

“We didn’t get the verdict we wanted because we wanted him to be (held) accountable.”

Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, expressed disbelief in the verdict handed down Saturday by a six-woman jury following a three-week trial in central Florida.

“We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction,” Martin said. “We felt that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime he committed.”

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Tracy Martin said he felt the jury did not get a chance to get to know the teen. “They didn’t know him as a human being,” he said.

Martin’s parents said they still believe Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled their son.

“Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, that’s some kind of profiling,” Martin said. “Was he racially profiled? I think if Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened.”

Martin’s parents said they support the federal government looking into the case. The Justice Department announced Sunday it plans to review the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted.

Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder, claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.

Martin’s mother said she believes the verdict sends a “terrible message to other little black and brown boys.”

“They can’t walk fast. They can’t walk slow. So what do they do? How do they get home without people assuming you are doing something wrong?,” Fulton said.

Fulton told “CBS This Morning” her son was not a burglar.

“He simply went to the store and was headed back home,” she said. “And for somebody to look at him and perceive that he was a burglar, that was the problem that initiated everything.”

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serious wrote:
Follow the money!!!!
on July 18,2013 | 04:02AM
1local wrote:
open up the kids juvenile file - start showing current pictures of the kid - enough media fantasy and one sided photos and stories. Also release financial information on the family - are they being paid by the media or the government...
on July 18,2013 | 06:35AM
jayz43 wrote:
"Fulton told “CBS This Morning” her son was not a burglar." I guess it was just coincidence that a burglary tool and a sack of women's jewelry was found in his locker, for which he was suspended from school, and why he was up at Sanford visiting his father.
on July 18,2013 | 04:09AM
kahuku01 wrote:
jayz43: Absolutely! Any parent or family member would categorize their son or sibling as the picture perfect individual. The issue about this case is that, nothing was ever mentioned about Martin's past history, or why he was suspended from school , but yet, the prosecutors really attacked Zimmerman's character. Was there equal justice? Bring everything out in the open especially if it's only one sided.
on July 18,2013 | 05:45AM
wondermn1 wrote:
on July 18,2013 | 04:21AM
kahuku01 wrote:
wondermn1: From being associated with many people of different ethnic background and especially a white person, having to walk or drive in a black neighborhood, whether it be during the day or especially at night would never occur, unless there was due cause. Ask yourself that question, if you, yourself is not black, would you walk or drive through a black neighborhood? I doubt it. I have experienced that feeling of having the fear of being mugged when I had the opportunity to visit the "Watts" memorial park during the day. It was an experience just driving through the neighborhood to get to the park. Personally, irregardless if Zimmerman didn't listen to the operator, following a person is not a crime, but for Martin to not continue his journey home and approaching Zimmerman in the dark caused this tragic incident.
on July 18,2013 | 05:31AM
Grimbold wrote:
Tragic but not unusual : When you respond with a brutal beating against someone who wants to questions you. I feel sorry for Zimmermann . He is now exposed to the lawless threats of some Black African Americans.
on July 18,2013 | 05:53AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Zimmerman is not "exposed". He is now in hiding and will be on the move for the rest of his life.
on July 18,2013 | 06:17AM
Anonymous wrote:
LOL! They want GZ to be held accountable but yet they ignore their own culpability in raising and tolerating a "child" who was clearly on his way to becoming a burden to society. For this demographic, it's NEVER their fault. Rather, they blame everyone else BUT themselves. It's never "fair" unless the outcome is in their favor. Americans are simply burnt out on constantly being accused of being racist for every perceived injustice. Don't like the characterization? Then FIX it. Until then, your protestations will fall upon deaf and unsympathetic ears.
on July 18,2013 | 04:25AM
MakaniKai wrote:
@ Anonymous wrote “ Americans are simply burnt out on constantly being accused of being racist for every perceived injustice. Don't like the characterization? Then FIX it”. – Sums it up perfectly IMO.
on July 18,2013 | 07:41AM
loio wrote:
al sharpton, eric holder, obama ... nausea. jury did what it was meant to do. so let the aggrievement and never-ending whining continue on whatever the next 'event' is. meanwhile, brothers be killing brothers and other folks at alarming rates, all over the country. no story there, though.
on July 18,2013 | 04:40AM
cojef wrote:
93% of Blacks killed in the US are by Blacks, a startling statistic, yet the activist Black leadership have failed to address this issue by looking inwadrd at the root causes of the killings. Many intellectual Blacks have voiced conerns that the portion of unwed mothers as compared against other ethnic groups are very disportionate, so are all of the other statistics relating the family affairs. Chicago's incidence of killings of Blacks daily are ignored by the main stream media, yet they can certainly fan the flames when a non-white is involved in the killings. Bias reporting or distortions???/
on July 18,2013 | 07:23AM
honopic wrote:
Your capitalizing the word "black" along with vague references to "intellectuals" and "portion of unwed mothers" (sic) and "statistics relating the family affairs" (sic) betray your own bias and prejudice toward this segment of the American population. You don't write "non-White" but you do write "Black" as though it was some foreign person. You claim that "93% of blacks KILLED in the U.S.ARE by blacks" but neglect to add that the statistic is for MURDER victim who WERE killed in the year 2005 and that in the same year 85% of white murder victims WERE killed by other whites. An estimated 16,400 people were murdered in the U.S. in 2005. Fewer than 8,000 were black. 51% of those were in their late teens or 20s, compared to 37% of white murder victims. The same study pointed out that never-married, poorer, and urban black people were at greater risk of violence than other groups. Get your facts straight before posting. "Bias reporting or distortions?" You ought to know.
on July 18,2013 | 11:51PM
Anonymous wrote:
The news media is not doing any justice ! How come they didn't show the current photo of Martin ?? That "kid" was a accident waiting to happen. His parents got the nerve to go on nation al TV and try to show that they raised a good child. There are so much stuff that was not brought up in court. The news media are so slanted they can easily sway the people. If "Z" was a white man.... would it have turned out like this ?? I don't think Eric, Al, Jesse and "B" would not have said anything !!
on July 18,2013 | 05:30AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Apparently these people never took civics in school. Trevon Martin was not a "child", as a "child" could not have knocked down George Zimmerman and injured him as much as he did. If Trevon was a white kid wearing a hoodie and baggie pants, I'm sure Zimmerman would have reported him, too. STOP PLAYING THE VICTIM. This case never would have come to trial if Trevon Martin were white or hispanic!!!
on July 18,2013 | 05:35AM
honopic wrote:
Even a "child" who could read past 4th-grade level and had paid attention to this case would be able to spell Trayvon Martin's name correctly. So how is it that you're "sure Zimmerman would have reported" a white kid wearing a hoodie and baggy pants?
on July 18,2013 | 11:55PM
none wrote:
What's scary is how the media tried to paint a certain picture of this entire case and the stupidity of celebs, high profiled gov officials comments. More scary than what the CIA can do to you.
on July 18,2013 | 05:41AM
Grimbold wrote:
Trayvons parents are also shocked because the chance to get some gold has diminished
on July 18,2013 | 05:55AM
frontman wrote:
Their son was a dope smoking AMA want a be.............. they didn't have a clue what their son did in life.
on July 18,2013 | 06:10AM
frontman wrote:
Martin’s parents said they still believe Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled their son. The liber press called him a white Hispanic. Does that make obama a white afro american????
on July 18,2013 | 06:13AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Yes it does frontman - good one!
on July 18,2013 | 07:38AM
Grimbold wrote:
Re: Profiling. Because of the horrible crime statistics of young Black man , and the much higher probability of lawbreaking in proportion to other races I am all for racial profiling.
on July 18,2013 | 07:46AM
frontman wrote:
Your right and it should begin at the airports. PROFILE the ones that fall into the group that wants to harm America. Do it now.
on July 18,2013 | 10:18AM
false wrote:
where you been brag? Its been happening for years.
on July 18,2013 | 12:54PM
honopic wrote:
Isn't a frontman someone who claims to be a leader but has no real authority? Let's profile them, as well.
on July 19,2013 | 12:00AM
honopic wrote:
Perhaps we should profile anyone with "grim" in their name, too.
on July 18,2013 | 11:58PM
Tarball wrote:
It's highly evident that Zimmerman was innocent. . . . . . Trayvon was no angel.
on July 18,2013 | 06:52AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The BOTTOM LINE: That "innocent" AND stupid fool IGNORED the 911 dispatcher.
on July 18,2013 | 06:59AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
What planet are you from?
on July 18,2013 | 08:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A question that is always asked by stupid people.
on July 18,2013 | 08:37AM
lookup wrote:
What ever Trayvon may have done is irrelevent. He was not doing anything wrong at the time. Was it taken into consideration that he was defending himself against someone who was following him not knowing what the man was up to. It seems as though Trayvon was tougher and stonger than GZ who could not take the beating so he killed him.
on July 18,2013 | 09:31AM
honopic wrote:
"Not guilty" does not mean "innocent." Neither party was an angel, or completely innocent in this case.
on July 19,2013 | 12:02AM
Buckykat wrote:
The only thing that would satisfy the race baiters in this incident is if Zimmerman walked on stage at the NAACP convention and committed ritual sepuku.
on July 18,2013 | 07:14AM
false wrote:
For the baiters he would have had to do it twice
on July 18,2013 | 12:56PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
Closer to home. Whats the name of the arresting officer in the Dinnan homicide? Dinnan appeared to be white so I guess there won't be any outrage.
on July 18,2013 | 07:45AM
false wrote:
on July 18,2013 | 12:56PM
IMVHOAgain wrote:
“Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, that’s some kind of profiling,” Martin said. “Was he racially profiled? I think if Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened.” Somehow the "white" is dragged into this. Maybe Martin is being racist, too...
on July 18,2013 | 07:56AM
samidunn wrote:
Maybe if the parents had grounded him after he just get suspended from school for the third time he might still be alive.
on July 18,2013 | 08:06AM
frontman wrote:
You nailed it............. but blaming the white Hispanic was easier.
on July 18,2013 | 10:23AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Maybe Zimmerman had "grounded" himself in his vehicle (as per the 911 dispatcher) and NOT get out, ........................... So now, Zimmerman is REALLY grounded. He's in hiding. He'll be GROUNDED .....FOR LIFE.
on July 18,2013 | 10:46AM
false wrote:
Or if they sent him to Disney World because he was a good boy.
on July 18,2013 | 12:57PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I liked Bill Cosby's take on this when he refused to discuss racial profiling but rather talked about how carrying a gun can change a person's attitude toward others. How a sense of control and "you need to do as I say" goes along with having a gun. Zimmerman has been judged not guilty for his actions, based on the law in place that allowed him to be carrying, yet who can say what may have changed in the way he interacted with others while in possession of that gun. Few would deny Zimmerman's fear for his life, yet what encouraged him to get himself into that predicament is another question, and the responsibility for creating that mindset should be shared by others.
on July 18,2013 | 08:10AM
lookup wrote:
Very Good Point!
on July 18,2013 | 09:32AM
samidunn wrote:
I think that applies to Deedy also many HPD
on July 18,2013 | 10:23AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
The last time I checked, stupidity was not a crime. This couple must have failed civics in school. If Travon had been white or his panic, this case never would have made it to trial in the first place.
on July 18,2013 | 10:48AM
false wrote:
It would have been just another trial with virtually no media coverage.
on July 18,2013 | 01:00PM
honopic wrote:
EW, you've posted twice, and spelled Martin's name wrong twice -- two different ways. Perhaps you should worry less about civics and more about English.
on July 19,2013 | 12:05AM
jussayin wrote:
LOL. What else are the parents going to say? Oh, we expected Zimmerman to be found innocent. Everyone should have known that the prosecutors knew that they had a weak case when they introduced the lesser charges to the Judge at the very last minute. If people are upset, they need to change the law. But be careful of unintended consequences. Imagine if your kid or yourself was in a fight with another person with no witnesses and the other person died accidentally. Would you want the law to say beyond a reasonable doubt or this is what we think happened?
on July 18,2013 | 11:00AM
false wrote:
I believe that they are just as shocked as Nicole Simpson parents were.
on July 18,2013 | 12:48PM
st1d wrote:
“He was a teenager. He was scared. He did run,” Fulton said, who added that she believes the justice system failed her son."

if he was scared and ran, who was it that circled back to false crack zimmerman, jump on zimmerman, and slam zimmerman's head on the concrete sidewalk?

the justice system didn't fail her son, martin's family system failed him.

on July 18,2013 | 01:36PM
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