SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Trayvon Martin’s parents made appearances on network morning shows Thursday, saying they are still shocked that jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of their son.
On CBS This Morning, Sybrina Fulton addressed several statements made by Juror B37 in regards to whether or not Trayvon played a role in his own death.
“I don’t think she knows Trayvon. Trayvon is not a confrontational person,” she said when asked about the anonymous juror’s statements. “So instead of placing the blame on the teenager, we need to place the blame on the responsible adult.”
Fulton also discussed the element of racial profiling in the incident that lead to the shooting death of the 17-year-old boy. She acknowledged that the police were searching for a “black young person” in relation to recent robberies in the area, but said that “Trayvon was simply not that person.”
“He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He simply went to the store and was headed back home,” she said. “For somebody to look at him and perceive him to be a burglar, that is the problem that initiated everything.”
Fulton additionally expressed her surprise regarding the verdict during the Thursday morning appearance, noting that she “couldn’t believe it.”
“I was in a bit of shock. I thought surely that [Zimmerman] would be found guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter at the least,” she said. “I just knew that they would see that this was … somebody’s son just trying to get home.”
During the interview, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, spoke of his late son’s personality.
“I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child,” he said. “He was our child. We miss him dearly. To have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. ”
The Justice Department announced Sunday it plans to review the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted.
Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder, claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Tracy Martin said he felt the jury did not get a chance to get to know the teen. “They didn’t know him as a human being,” he said.
Martin’s parents said they still believe Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled their son.
“Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, that’s some kind of profiling,” Martin said. “Was he racially profiled? I think if Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened.”
Martin’s parents said they support the federal government looking into the case. The Justice Department announced Sunday it plans to review the case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges now that Zimmerman has been acquitted.
Martin’s mother said she believes the verdict sends a “terrible message to other little black and brown boys.”
“They can’t walk fast. They can’t walk slow,” she said. “So what do they do? How do they get home without people assuming you are doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
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