Comment if you think Zimmerman should go to jail.
It has come out that the unarmed teenager was suspended from school,
and is accused of beating up the man who then shot him dead. Martin's parents claim authorities are now trying to sully their son's reputation, after his tragic shooting.
There were several protests Monday in Sanford, where Martin, 17, was shot by George Zimmerman.
and federal investigators were to be back at it Tuesday, reviewing the
original controversial police investigation that's sparked a firestorm. The central questions remains: Was the decision not to arrest Zimmerman the right one, and should he be arrested now?
"no justice, no peace," demonstrators marched through downtown Sanford
and presented city commissioners with petitions, signed by 2 million
people, demanding Zimmerman's arrest. The crime watch
captain says he shot Martin in self-defense, but the teen's father,
Tracy Martin, wants Zimmerman in jail. "We're not asking for an eye for
an eye," he told one crowd. "We're asking for justice, justice,
justice!" Martin's parents also found themselves on the defensive for the first time since the shooting.
surfaced that the teen's high school had suspended him three times for
offenses including vandalism, truancy and tardiness, and, at the time of
his death, he was in the midst a two-week suspension for a baggie
containing marijuana residue found in his book bag. The family reacted angrily, accusing Sanford police of maligning their son.
His mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, "They've killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation."
police have confirmed that investigators believe Martin decked
Zimmerman with a single punch and bashed his head against the sidewalk.
Zimmerman then fired his nine millimeter. But Trayvon's killing has launched waves of protest.
Los Angeles, several hundred people, many wearing hoodies, as Trayvon
was when he was shot, marched during rush hour demanding answers. State
and federal authorities, including Florida State Attorney General Pam
Bondi, say their review will take time, and pleaded for patience. "What
we do know," said Bondi, "is a 17 year-old boy was walking home and now
he's dead. And when you have questions like that, they need to be
answered." Trayvon's parents were to leave for Washington
Tuesday and a congressional hearing. Its focus: neighborhood watch
groups, racial profiling, and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law - the
one Zimmerman apparently felt gave him the right to shoot Trayvon in
what he claims was self-defense.
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