Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case

9:14am

Sat July 20, 2013
The Two-Way

'Justice For Trayvon' Rallies Held In Numerous Cities

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 6:01 pm

Protesters in support of Trayvon Martin march across the Brooklyn Bridge after attending a rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton on Sunday in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

(This story last updated at 3:00 p.m. EDT)

Hundreds of people across the country attended "Justice For Trayvon" rallies calling for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the wake of his acquittal a week ago in the fatal shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized the events following last Saturday's verdict in Sanford, Fla., in which six jurors accepted Zimmerman's claim of self-defense during a scuffle with Martin in February 2012.

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8:25am

Sat July 20, 2013
Politics

Obama Breaks His Silence On Trayvon Martin Verdict

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 2:48 pm

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," President Obama told the press Friday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

President Obama broke his silence on the Trayvon Martin shooting case Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman.

Obama didn't question the jury's not-guilty verdict, but he spoke in unusually personal terms about the history and experiences that shape the way African-Americans in particular see the case.

He spoke frankly about the pain the Trayvon Martin case has left, especially in the African-American community. He said that's a product of a common history that doesn't go away.

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5:44pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Code Switch

Two Tales Of Profiling, From The Highest Offices In The Land

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 7:45 pm

President Obama, left, and Attorney General Eric Holder are silhouetted as they atend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill on May 15. In recent days, both Holder and now Obama have talked openly about their experiences as black men in America.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

4:32pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Law

Florida Governor Stands Firm On 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:30 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to protesters Thursday in the Capitol in Tallahassee. Scott told the protesters that he won't ask lawmakers to revamp the state's controversial self-defense law.
Phil Sears AP

In the days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin, protesters camped out at Gov. Rick Scott's office in Tallahassee, calling for a meeting.

When Scott met with protesters on Thursday, one of the group's leaders, Philip Agnew, asked the governor to convene a special session of the Legislature to look at repealing the state's stand your ground law.

"It is the time for leadership," Agnew said. "The world is watching. Most definitely, the nation is watching. And you have the opportunity to stand tall above the rest."

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3:14pm

Fri July 19, 2013
The Two-Way

How President Obama 'Showed His Brother Card'

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 6:25 pm

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