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Tonight on AC360: Trayvon Martin's parents speak out
July 17th, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Trayvon Martin's parents speak out

Trayvon Martin's parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin sit down with Anderson Cooper to talk about the Zimmerman trial verdict, their thoughts on Juror B37's comments about deliberations and how their family is moving forward.
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  1. John U.

    Parents need to teach their children to have respect for anyone older than them. Trayvon was a combatant that did not respect authority and unfortunately paid the ultimate price. My payers are with the Martins as they appear to be very respectable people. But, parents, of all cultures, need to teach their children and act the role model of respect for anyone older then they are and in any role of authority.

    July 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
  2. mario

    no dna on the hands of Travon from GZ the big guy,,,he did his own little cut with his flashlight

    July 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Stuart Williams

    Unfair verdict.......broken system....what message does this send?

    July 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  4. Mary

    Regarding the George Zimmerman trail. I have yet to hear anyone say that as Travon Martin was walking the shortcut/back way to his Dad's house that he was possibly looking into windows and doors hoping to see someone that could help him. I know if someone was following me as I tried to get away I would look every where hoping to see another person so I wouldn't feel alone.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • Lou Farley

      He had a phone. Why didn't he just call 911?

      July 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  5. Ms Lyn

    The police and the FBI are required to identify themselves but a neighborhood watch can shoot and kill an unarmed person without identifying himself and suffer absolutely no consequences.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
  6. Ilene M

    Sabryna Fulton and Tracy Martin are unbelievably strong and are so classy. I am so moved by these fine people. They are dealing with life's worst possible tragedy and yet they show such dignity. Wow they are so amazing. Everyone can use Trayvon's parents as role models. We all need to keep them in our prayers.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  7. Sue Burr

    Why is the fact that Trayvon Martin beat George Zimmerman bloody ever mentioned in any interview? Did George Zimmerman give himself a bloody nose and smack his head on the cement by himself? Trayvon Martin did it and no interviewer has ever brought that up in any interview that I have watched. As far as I'm concerned I think everyone is making Trayvon Martin a "saint"!

    July 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    Does anyone care to dig deeper into the Zimmerman patriarch status as a retired judge? I feel this is more about justice system "connection" vs race.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
  9. riley lee

    Wonder why the state failed to tell the jurors who Trayvon was. It certainly was not the juror's fault that they didn't know him, and the judge wouldn't allow the defense to talk about Trayvon.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  10. Suzanne Scovil

    What I don't understand is, when did it become ok to throw the first punch and threaten to kill Mr. Zimmerman for following him? This part seems to be left out of all of the discussions. Mr. Martin was larger than Mr. Zimmerman although younger, and seemed to do his share of picking a fight with Mr. Zimmerman, as as other people. The Martins wasted no time in taking down his Facebook page, rather than memorializing it as most parent would in the same situation, and other evidence pointing to Mr. Martin's propensity to fighting and drugs were withheld.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  11. Eric Matthews

    Please ask the family about the photo tribute button that Trayvon wore that night. State exhibit 36 shows the button on the hoodie after Trayvon's death. The button appears to be a man around age 36 - not a grandmother. What was his tragic early death? I doubt Trayvon though much of this family member in the heat of the encounter, but this other relative may have an impact on the family's thinking. Thanks for your show.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
  12. Tom

    Somebody needs to ask the question: If Trayvon Martin was white and George was found not guilty... would there be a problem? My opinion is no!

    July 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  13. Glenn Crocker

    This is what I don’t get. It’s been agreed in court George Zimmerman was following Trayvon Martin, first in his truck then gets out of his truck, even though he was told not to, then starts stalking Trayvon on foot. By his own self-defense / stand your ground, he took a swipe at George Zimmerman. According to George Zimmerman, this ended up in a brawl with Trayvon was straddled across his chest and his arms were pinned down. George Zimmerman stated he managed to get his gun out, but somehow he freed his other hand to unlock the breach. This is a 2 handed operation. The questions I have are: 1st why the prosecution did not bring this point of Trayvon Martin using the Self Defense / Stand Your Ground laws against George Zimmerman? 2nd how did George Zimmerman manage to free both of his arms to prepare the gun ready to use.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
  14. Gail Broaderick

    My question is why Trayvon Martin call 911 on his phone if he thought he was being followed or stalked. We know he had his phone because he was talking on it. The other question I have is : no one seems to want to admit that Trayvon was a contributor in the altercation. These are two questions I would like to hear answered.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  15. Erin Carter

    I can't be the only person in the world who noticed this. Casey Anthony murdered her daughter Caylee and got away with it, where? ... IN FLORIDA. George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin and got away with it, where?... IN FLORIDA.

    Why is the state of Florida incapable of convicting child murderers?

    Why does the "Stand your Ground" law not apply to Trayvon who was clearly fighting to save his own life but sadly lost that fight.

    The stand your ground law should not apply to individuals that go out of their way to put themselves in a position where they will be forced to "defend" themselves.... like Zimmerman who had endless opportunities to change the outcome of that situation. Where's the comparison to what a reasonable person would have done in that same situation, like there is in other areas of the law? Because I guarantee a reasonable person would not have done what Zimmerman did!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • Mary Hoover Nashville Tn

      You are right about that....The System was not design to protect us....Zimmerman should have been arrested. The same night....As far as the Jury is concern, they heard what they wanted to hear ....Even Zimmerman's father lied under oath...Everybody including two of Zimmerman's friends have written a book regarding the case....They need to wait on the final chapter, because this will not be the END....God Bless the Martin Family, give them Peace....

      July 21, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  16. Bob

    I think we need to look at the other side of Travon Martin, the bottom line was he liked to fight. The sad thing is his friend tried to get him to stop and told him in the text messages that he was going to get one planted in his chest, well 90 days after he texted that to him, that's exactly what happened! I thank this kid for his effort, but I wonder why Trayvons parents were not getting him out of this fighting mode? Maybe they were but that doesn't fit into the thought that this may have been started by Trayvon and not George? It doesn't fit into the Race issue? We need to look at everything, not just bits and pieces. But again I thank his friend, who ever it is for the effort of trying to do the right thing, too bad no one else is going to thank the kid and that person will have to go through life knowing they tried to help but failed!

    July 18, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  17. David Duvall

    The Zimmerman case was never about "stand your ground law" – it was a simple self-defense claim. Zimmerman was not "explicitly told not to leave his vehicle." Said statement is one being repeated by the race-baiters. Examine the evidence at trial and the recordings of the non-emergency call yourself and you can confirm that he was not told to stay in his car.

    July 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
  18. Robert Hargraves

    I don't understand the "stand your ground law". Mr. Zimmerman was explicitly told not to leave his vehicle which he ignored, he followed the young black man, initiated contact, which would upset me let alone a young black male. He lives his car, starts a discussion when then turns into a scuffle, which according to witnesses Mr. Zimmerman was loosing. He draws his weapon and shoots then shoots and kills Travon Martin. Under what situation does this come under "stand your ground". I ask this question because I have two bi-radials grandsons who live in Florida and coul face this same intubation. This isa killing that never should have happened.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • *Shelton

      George Zimmerman Killed that kid and got away with it, plan and simple

      July 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • Tom

      Robert you have a valid point. However, what type of individual decides he doesnt like being questioned by a neighborhood watch person in a neighborhood that has a history of break ins and decides he is going to take his anger out on him and attacks him not knowing if he is carrying a weapon. If you or I were carrying a weapon and felt threatened would you not possibly use your weapon to prevent more harm from coming to you?

      July 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
    • riley lee

      Robert, you might want to think this thru. 1. It is not a crime to get out of your car. 2. A 911 operator can't order anyone to do anything. 3. Why don't you fault the 911 operator for not getting the cops out in time to stop this incident. Bet he didn't notify the cops until he heard the shot. You are absolutely right, this should not have happened, but I believe the blame rests with the cops for slow response.

      July 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
      • joanne

        agreed. When you live in a community with alot of burglaries that are not being solved, you get frustrated. The main thing in my opinion that is wrong with George Zimmerman was that he had a gun.

        July 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  19. Jesus

    I wanted to add that if Trayvon had used his Cell Phone to call the Police to report that he was being "stalked" by a "creepy individual " The Police Dispatcher might have had the opportunity to explain to him that the "creepy man" following him was actually the "Neighborhood Watch Captain" The Dispatcher would probably have instructed him to wait for for the Police Officer enroute and he would sort it all out. If Trayvon had done that instead and kept His distance, he would be alive today!

    July 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm |

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