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Trayvon Martin's parents speak out

5:40 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK -- Five days after the verdict and the parents of Trayvon Martin said on the Today show this morning that they are still in shock by the Zimmerman acquittal.

"We are still in shock and disbelief. We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought that the killer of an unarmed child was going to be convicted," said Tracy Martin.

Sybrina Fulton questioned whether jurors looked at the shooting from her son's point of view.

"He was scared, he did run. As far as if he ran home or not, I mean, if someone is chasing me I'm don't think I'm going to run home and bring them to my house," said Fulton.
Tracy Martin, like the prosecutors in the case, said they still believe Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. "Any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good there's some type of profiling there. Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon would have been white this would have never happened."

From New York to Los Angeles Trayvon Martin supporters have expressed their anger and sadness at the acquittal.

Sybrina Fulton says those protests must remain peaceful. "We're not saying for them not to protest because they have a right to be heard. But we just want to make sure that it is peaceful, that nobody gets hurt, that nobody gets arrested, that you don't damage property."
Fulton says the verdict sends a message to other children of color. "It sends a terrible message to other little black and brown boys that you can't walk fast, you can't walk slow. So what do they do? How do get home without people knowing that either assuming that you're doing something wrong?"

When asked about forgiving George Zimmerman for what he did Tracy Martin said that forgiveness takes time and that healing is a long process.

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