On February 26, 2012, neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin dead. The next day he passed a lie detector test. Despite this, the judge on the case jailed and then re-jailed George Zimmerman. Autopsy results after the shooting revealed that Trayvon Martin had only two injuries on his body – a fatal gunshot wound and bloody knuckles. George Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes and cuts on the back of his head following the incident.
Actor Jamie Foxx joined protesters on Tuesday in New York City to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
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Demonstrators including actor Jamie Foxx gathered in New York and Florida on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, reviving a national discussion on gun laws and racial profiling.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, 17, in the Orlando suburb of Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, and initially went free based on his claims of self-defense. But a national outcry forced the city’s police chief to resign and the governor to appoint a special prosecutor.
Zimmerman now faces second-degree murder charges. He has maintained his innocence, and supporters say he has been unfairly tainted as racist, noting the neighborhood had been hit by a wave of break-ins and that Zimmerman is of mixed race — his father is white and his mother Afro-Peruvian.
In Sanford, the case triggered deep emotions, and protesters planned a candlelight vigil and moment of silence at 7:15 p.m., the time Martin was killed.
The Sanford vigil was organized by Geri Hepburn, a white parent of a teenage son who became politically active as a result of the shooting.
“I figure it’s a lifelong thing,” Hepburn said as demonstrators began to gather in a park.
In New York, demonstrators recreated the “Million Hoodie March” of last year, when people wore hooded sweatshirts in the style worn by Martin the night of his death, when Zimmerman called police to report a suspicious-looking person in his gated neighborhood and defied a police admonishment not to follow him.
On Tuesday, Actor Jamie Foxx marched with protesters carrying “Revolution: Nothing Less” signs at a vigil for Trayvon Martin.
(L to R) Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton, attorney Benjamin Crump, author Michael Eric Dyson and actor Jamie Foxx attend a candlelight vigil for Martin in Union Square on February 26, 2013 in New York, New York. Some participants wore hoodies to honor Martin. Vigils were held in Florida and New York on the one year anniversary of teenager Trayvon Martin’s shooting death by George Zimmerman in Florida. (Yahoo)