Trayvon Martin Shot And Killed

March 28, 2012 by staff 

Trayvon Martin Shot And Killed, The parents of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed by a Hispanic man claiming self-defense, says that police would have arrested the shooter if they themselves weren’t racially profiling him.

“I think, for whatever reason, Zimmerman profiled him,” said the teen’s father Tuesday night, referring to the shooter, George Zimmerman. “And then, even worse, I think the police profiled Trayvon Martin.”

The parents, in an appearance on “AC360,” reiterated that the Sanford, Florida, police investigation had been “botched from the beginning.”

“I don’t think he was (not) charged because they were trying to protect him,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said of Zimmerman. “They didn’t understand how serious this was. They didn’t understand the value of my son’s life.”

Martin’s killing has touched a nerve across the nation, sparking calls for justice and Zimmerman’s prosecution.

But there also is support for Zimmerman from an unlikely source: an African-American friend, who says he has endured his share of unfair characterizations because of his race.

On Tuesday, Joe Oliver — a former CNN anchor who now works at WESH-TV in Orlando — defended his friend, saying he’s no racist.

“I understand completely the fear and anger that’s out there over this case. If I didn’t know George Zimmerman, I’d be right out there, too,” said Oliver.

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