For the first time since George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the parents of Trayvon Martin spoke out Thursday, expressing their dismay at the not guilty verdict. On several morning network news shows Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said her family was “shocked” when the jury’s decision was read and said she thought he would be found guilty of at least manslaughter.
“I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home,” she said on CBS This Morning. “This was no burglar, this was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.” On NBC’s Today, also joined by her son’s father Tracy Martin and her oldest son Jahvaris Fulton, she said the outcome could cause fear among children like her own.
“Is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims,” she said. “I mean, it’s sending 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?”