Trayvon Martin: America takes sides
“There are cases of African-Americans being castigated because of the colour of their skin, I do believe that,” he acknowledges. It’s just that he thinks he knows better than most what happened here that February night.
Others in Sanford might tell you something similar. No town wants to be called racist. “We have been portrayed as some kind of racially charged city but that’s not the case,” City Manager Norton Bonaparte notes over coffee at a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Sanford Zoo. “This was a tragic interaction between two individuals.”
George Zimmerman trial: Protesters plan ‘National Hoodie March’
group of protesters plans to hold a “National Hoodie March” in Sanford this morning as jury selection in the George Zimmerman trial gets underway.
The group plans to gather in front of the Seminole County Courthouse at 9 a.m. to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. At noon, protesters wearing hoodies plan to pull their hoodies over their heads. Read more:
Pictured: George Zimmerman’s defense release ‘tape of Trayvon Martin speaking’ which ‘authenticates screams heard on 911 call before fatal shooting is their client’ By DAILY MAIL REPORTER and ASSOCIATED PRESS
A video clip has been released by George Zimmerman’s defense team who claim it will prove that Zimmerman can be heard screaming for help on a 911 call made seconds before Trayvon Martin was shot dead.
The footage, released as Zimmerman prepares to go on trial for second-degree murder, appears to show two men fighting over a bicycle by the roadside.
Defense attorneys claim that the tape came from Trayvon’s cellphone and that his voice can be heard in the background – making it possible to authenticate a crucial emergency call made shortly before the teenager was shot dead on February 26 last year in Florida.
On eve of Zimmerman trial in Trayvon Martin killing, new video becomes public
It’s unclear whether the video will be allowed into evidence. Asked whether it could be used in a way damaging to Martin’s image, Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for the defense, said: “The answer is we hope it doesn’t.”
Kendall Coffey, an NBC News legal analyst, said that Zimmerman’s lawyers would have to show that the video is relevant enough to the case to overcome its potential for prejudicing the jury.
Jury selection to begin for Zimmerman’s trial
There is no dispute Zimmerman shot an unarmed Martin, 17, during a fight on a rainy night in February 2012. Prosecutors will try to show the neighborhood watch volunteer racially profiled the black teenager, while Zimmerman’s attorney must convince jurors Zimmerman pulled his 9 mm handgun and fired a bullet into the high school student’s chest because he feared for his life.