Protests Erupt From Coast To Coast After George Zimmerman Goes Free

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Second day of demonstrations planned after night of anger. Demonstrations from Florida where the trial took place to Atlanta, DC and New York remained largely peaceful – although pockets of violence had been reported in Oakland, California. Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Hispanic, looked visibly relieved at the Seminole court on Saturday evening after the jury of six women reached their conclusion that he had justifiably killed the unarmed black 17-year-old last February.
Protestors march Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Atlanta.
Demonstration at Union Square in New York on July 14, 2013
Jebiah Jones, 3, holds a sign as her mother Keiota Jones, stands behind her during a protest in Atlanta.
Union Square in New York on July 14, 2013
Chuck Helms holds a sign during a demonstration at Union Square in New York on July 14, 2013
Violence: Protestors in Oakland, California, set fire to garbage cans and and battered cars during a protest against the George Zimmerman acquittal on Saturday
Demonstrators also burned an American flag to show their displeasure with the jury verdict, which saw Zimmerman go free
A woman holding a child reacts to the verdict outside Seminole County Court where George Zimmerman was found not guilty
Worshippers at the Middle Collegiate Church hold prayer services wearing hoodies in support of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial in New York
Violence: A BART police vehicle is vandalized during a protest after George Zimmerman was found not guilty

Outrage: A man screams during a demonstration in downtown Manhattan after the news that George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of Martin

Trayvon Martin’s parents – Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

February 26th, 2012 – George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, calls 911 to make a report of ‘a suspicious person’.

He is told by officers not to leave his vehicle but disregards this. Moments later residents report hearing a gunshot and police arrive to find Trayvon Martin dead.

Zimmerman tells police that he shot Martin in self-defense – is not arrested – and this noted in the police report.

February 27th, 2012 – Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, files a missing persons report when his son fails to return home.

Officers with the Sanford Police Department go to the Martin household and inform Tracy that his son is believed dead – Martin identifies Trayvon Martin’s body.

March 8th, 2012 – Police investigators receive a fax from the Altamonte Family Pratice that contains medical records identifying George Zimmerman’s injuries sustained on the evening of the shooting.

They acknowledge a scalp wound, a nasal wound and describe ‘assault by other means’.

March 12th, 2012 – Sanford Police Chieg Bill Lee explains that Zimmerman has not been charged because to date no evidence has been provided to prove his claims contrary.

March 13th, 2012 – Sanford Police Department’s homicide detective Christopher Serino says that he recommends that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. He says that Zimmerman ‘failed to identify himself’ as a neighborhood watch member on two occasions that night.

He says he believed Zimmerman’s injuries to be ‘marginally consistent with a life-threatening episode, as described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force were deployed by Trayvon Martin.’

March 14th, 2012 – The case is turned over to Florida State Attorney Norm Wilfinger

March 15th, 2012 – George Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman, writes a letter to the Orlando Sentinel in which he explains that his son is Hispanic and is being erroneously portrayed as a racist.

March 19th, 2012 – The Justice Department and the FBI announce they have launched an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin

March 22nd, 2012 – A petition calling for the arrest of Zimmerman, created by Trayvon Martin’s parents, garners more than 1.3 million online signatures.

March 22nd, 2012 – Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee says he is to stand down ‘temporarily’ as head of the department.

March 23rd, 2012 – President Barack Obama makes a public announcement on the death to say that the incident requires ‘soul searching’

March 24th, 2012 – Some members of the New Black Panther Party, offer a $10,000 reward for the ‘capture’ of George Zimmerman

March 28th, 2012 – Zimmerman’s father appears on television to say that his son was forced to shoot Martin after being badly beaten by the teen

April 11th, 2012 – Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder and his new lawyer, Mark O’Mara announces that Zimmerman has handed himself over to the authorities

April 20th, 2012 – During his bond hearing, Zimmerman apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s family for the loss of their son and his bail is set at $150,000

June 1st, 2012 – Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. orders Zimmerman to surrender after his bail is revoked after the prosecution shows that Zimmerman and his wife Shellie misrepresented their finances when the bond was originally set in April

June 3rd, 2012 – George Zimmerman is taken into custody at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County

June 12, 2012 – George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie is arrested and charged with perjury

July 5th, 2012 – Zimmerman’s bond is set at $1 million and the next day he is released after posting 10 percent of the bond

July 18th, 2012 – George Zimmerman appears on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program to deny any wrong doing

March 18th, 2013 – Mark O’Mara opts not to seek a pretrial Stand your Ground immunity hearing for George Zimmerman

April 30th, 2013 – Zimmerman decides to waive his right to a Stand your Ground hearing and opts to go for a self-defense trial

June 20th, 2013 – An all-female jury is selected

June 24th, 2013 – The trial begins

July 11th and 12th – The State and Defense give their closing arguments

July 13th – A not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman is announced

Source: Daily Mail

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