The present past and future of the Trayvon Martin case:
February 26th 2012 – in Sanford, Florida an unarmed, 17-year-old black boy, Trayvon Martin, is shot dead by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman said they got in a fight and he shot in self-defence under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The police let him walk free. A poll would later show that 73% of blacks and 33% of whites believed that if Martin had been white the police would have locked up Zimmerman.
March 16th 2012 – Police make public the 911 calls of the shooting. The tapes show that Zimmerman followed Martin in spite of instructions from the police dispatcher. Most chilling: cries for help cut short by a gun shot. Experts cannot agree whose voice it is. The shooting becomes big news.
March 21st 2012 – The Million Hoodie March in New York shows support for Martin’s family and protests racial profiling. One of many protests.
March 23rd 2012 – President Obama said if he had a son “he would look like Trayvon.” Some on the right go nuts.
April 11th 2012 – Zimmerman is arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Zimmerman raises bail. The story falls out of the headlines.
June 22nd 2012 – Sanford police chief Bill Lee is fired.
June 7th 2012 – Zimmerman put in prison and his wife charged with perjury after it was discovered that she lied to the judge when he set bail. She did not tell him about the $135,000 they had raised on the Internet.
July 6th 2012 – Zimmerman is let out of prison but without a passport or bank account and must have a GPS device so the police can always find him.
October 22nd 2012 – The judge allows Zimmerman’s lawyers to look at Martin’s school record and past Internet postings. They hope to find proof of “violent tendencies”.
December 3rd 2012 – A picture of Zimmerman with a bloody nose is made public. The first clear sign of any injuries.
December 6th 2012 – Zimmerman files a lawsuit against NBC for making him seem racist in their news stories.
February 20th 2013 - Sanford hires a black police chief, Cecil Smith, set to take over April 1st.
February 26th 2013 – Candlelight vigil held in Union Square, New York on the anniversary of Martin’s death.
April 22nd 2013 – hearing to determine if the case should be dismissed under “Stand Your Ground”.
June 10th 2013 – The murder trial set to begin. Just about when Trayvon would have been graduating from high school. The trial will probably end in the summer.
The prosecutor is state attorney Angela Corey, the same who sent away Marissa Alexander for 20 years, another “Stand Your Ground” case.
Bad for Zimmerman:
- He is out of money and cannot mount a proper defence by June 10th.
- His wife faces prison if found guilty of perjury.
- He cannot keep his story straight about the night of the shooting – nor do his stories always match what police detectives know.
Good for Zimmerman:
- A lie detector test shows that he truly did fear for his life when he shot Martin.
- The Root has been following the case closely week by week.
- Mother Jones also has a blow-by-blow.
- Trayvon Martin (March 12th 2012)
- George Zimmerman (May 22nd)
- Should George Zimmerman be arrested? (March 23rd)
- Marissa Alexander
- racial profiling