Slain Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, and neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, who shot the boy, have been on top of headlines the past few weeks. The Orlando Sentinel released Zimmerman’s account of the story to police, saying Martin punched him in the nose and began banging his head on the ground. Zimmerman said he was in the neighborhood that he regularly patrolled and was on his way back to his vehicle last month when the young man approached him from behind.
According to Zimmerman, following the assault by Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman said he began crying for help. The Martin family believes it was their son who was crying for help but witness accounts of the confrontation are not clear.
Trayvon Martin was allegedly going to the store for skittles and a drink, while on suspension from school for marijuana traces found in his backpack. He did not have a juvenile record. Police released a statement saying Zimmerman’s story was “consistent” with the evidence turned over to the prosecutors.
Rallies nationwide have called for the arrest of George Zimmerman. Civil Rights leader Al Sharpton said Martin’s parents have endured “insults and lies” over reports about their son being the aggressor. The New Black Panther party has place a bount of $10k on George Zimmerman, calling for a citizen’s arrest.
Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, has filed trademark applications for two slogans that are being used with her son’s name: “Justice for Trayvon” and “I am Trayvon.” The trademarks could be used for DVDs and CDs amongst other things. Fulton’s attorney told her in an email the reason for the trademark was for "projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies."