One Month Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death Marked by Protests and New Facts in the Case

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Civil rights leaders and residents of the city of Sanford, FL attend a town hall meeting to discuss the death of a 17-year-old unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. (Gerardo Mora/Getty)

Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. The 17-year-old was shot and killed while visiting his father by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. Details of the killing have been coming out slowly, but yesterday the case took a number of significant turns — among them, a report that Martin knocked Zimmerman to the ground and beat him before Zimmerman fired. Today, we review the new developments and speak with a reporter on the scene.

Michael Bender is a reporter for Bloomberg News and joins us from Sanford, Florida.


Michael Bender

Produced by:

Marc Kilstein, John Light and Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

George from New Jersey

If this Trayvon situation was racial, then it is a terrible thing!

But it may not have been...

But, how come NO ONE is reporting this terrible story which was racist, including The Takeaway??
Maybe because the victim was white??

Black Youths Douse Student With Gas & Torch Him Screaming, “This Is What You Deserve, White Boy”

Two black youths chased a 13 year-old Kansas City student home from school doused him with gasoline and flicked a Bic at him. They were screaming, “This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy.”
The boy suffered first degree burns on his face. He did not even know the perpetrators.

A 13-year-old Kansas City boy is back home after two teenagers poured gasoline on him and lit him on fire. It happened Tuesday at the teen’s home on Quincy Avenue, just down the street from Kansas City’s East High School. The boy lives less than two blocks away from the school and was walking home when the attack happened. Melissa Coon said her son turned from the school’s stadium onto Quincy Avenue and noticed two teenagers following him. She said the teens followed her son home and attacked him outside his front door. “And they rushed him on the porch as he tried to get the door open,” she said. “(One of them) poured the gasoline, then flicked the Bic, and said, ‘This is what you deserve. You get what you deserve, white boy’.”

Mar. 27 2012 07:51 PM

Since we are all encouraged to wade waist deep into this sordid identity politics quagmire, who defends the hispanic registered Democrat watchman and his flawed attempt to contribute to his community?

The larger question is why does the media and Democrat politicians with a clear political agenda jump to conclusions while they fault this watchman for doing the same thing?

The Democratic Party in the South sixty years ago was obsessed with the race of victims and defendants when determining justice and apparently not much has changed with that party.

Mar. 27 2012 02:15 PM

Victor Davis Hanson in the National Review Online, with regard to President Obama's pernicious habit of dipping his toe into controversies at the moment that his handlers think that it is politically advantageous:

There was a time, when the functional equivalent of The Takeaway, in the form of CBS, NBC, ABC, The New York Times and the Washington Post effectively owned the news cycle, and there would have been no other back-story on Tayvon Martin.

No more. We are better than that now. We have more news diversity. There is Fox News, there is the Drudge Report, there is the internet and social media and conservative talk radio. The National Review online and the Weekly Standard are no longer limited to a handful of subscribers and library readers; they are available to the whole world via the web.

Mar. 27 2012 11:00 AM
Andrew W

For what it's worth, Lawrence O'Donnell took the Orlando Sentinel's reporter to task last night for seeming to present unattributed claims as fact. It seemed like O'Donnell was being harsh or taking things out of context, but it really does seem like the reporter neglects to cite sources of the following paragraphs in her story, which can now easily be presented as fact by Zimmerman's defenders...

"Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police."

"Zimmerman began yelling for help."

"Several witnesses heard those cries, and there has been a dispute about whether they came from Zimmerman or Trayvon."

Mar. 27 2012 09:15 AM

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