The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida in the United States. Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old African American high school student. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic American, was the neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for the gated community where Martin was temporarily staying and where the shooting took place. Zimmerman was acquitted of murder on July 13 triggering protests against racial profiling across America and calls for a federal civil rights prosecution.
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Neighbourhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide in 2012 incident is suing victim’s relatives and others involved in case for US$100 million.
Under the name ‘Carter’, George Zimmerman said he ‘loves adventure’ but is ‘also down for a quiet night with take-out’.
George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted last year of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, says he's homeless, jobless and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Wow" is what Joseph Jones, the president of the Centre for Urban Families in Baltimore, said after watching US President Barack Obama's unexpected and deeply personal plea on race and crime on Friday. Like many African-Americans, Jones felt a surge of pride, recognition and hope when he heard the first African-American president speak so candidly about race relations in the US.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has called for a rethink of "stand-your-ground" laws following the acquittal of a neighbourhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager.
Protests across the US that erupted in the wake of a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin have largely focused on race.
A juror from the trial of Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin said the six-woman panel was sharply divided when deliberations began.
About the only thing that everyone agrees on is what Trayvon Martin was carrying when he died. There were his clothes, including a black hooded top with a badge pinned to it showing a picture of his dead cousin. There was his cellphone, on which he had been talking to a friend. In his pockets were a cigarette lighter, some earphones, a can of Arizona watermelon fruit juice cocktail, a little over US$40 in cash, a bag of Skittles he had just bought from a nearby 7-Eleven, and no weapon of any kind.
The acquittal of George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watchman cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, spurred new calls for a federal civil rights prosecution and suggestions that the youth's family may bring a lawsuit.
After his acquittal on murder charges, George Zimmerman may go to law school so he can help people wrongly accused of crimes like himself, friends said. After he was found not guilty of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin, one of the first calls Zimmerman, 29, made was to defence witness John Donnelly and his wife Leanne Benjamin.
Thousands protested across the United States on Sunday against the acquittal of neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida.
Angry protesters marched in US cities after George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, was found not guilty by a Florida jury in the shooting death last year of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
Before the jury in the George Zimmerman murder case brought back its verdict, the judge warned those in the court against any untoward displays of emotion or outbursts.
A forensic expert has backed George Zimmerman's account of his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, testifying in the neighbourhood watchman's US murder trial that evidence showed he was under the unarmed black teenager when he fired his gun.