Trayvon Martin's Shooter George Zimmerman is Behind Bars
On Wednesday, the latest development regarding the shooting death of Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, has arrived.
In a live press conference, special prosecutor Angela Corey says Martin’s shooter, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, is now behind bars in a Florida jail.
The shooting, which took place 45 days ago, was the cause of massive national protests, online petitions and celebrity supporters from around the United States. Martin’s supporters called attention to the incident where an unarmed 17-year-old Florida teen was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was walking in a gated community, carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.
His parents say they were hoping only for Zimmerman’s arrest, but because of Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, the shooter remained free. According to the “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman only had to feel “threatened” by the other party, and claim that his fatal shot was an act of self-defense.
Meanwhile, Trayvon’s case continues to receive a wave of national media coverage, support from celebrities, and massive social media attention. In the past weeks, it has notably garnered a personal comment from US President Barack Obama who stated: "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
Elle Bakish, NTD