‘Stand your ground’ laws spread — and grow ‘more extreme’ — 10 years after Trayvon Martin’s death
Stand-your-ground laws have spread to most states in the United States, propelled by gun groups and lawmakers of both parties. For some, the policy is also a response to public anxieties during a pandemic marked by rising violent crime.washingtonpost.com
Trayvon Martin’s death set off a movement that shaped a decade’s defining moments
Trayvon Martin’s death inspired a new generation of protests against police and vigilante violence toward Black people, one that would go on to highlight systemic racism in nearly every aspect of American life.washingtonpost.com
How the murders of two Black sons ignited social justice movements
New York Times columnist Charles Blow reflects on how the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin – like the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till – sparked protest movements led by mothers with tears on their cheeks but steel in their spines.cbsnews.com
Chauvin's trial leaves many Black viewers emotionally taxed
Many Black men and women in the U.S. are keeping tabs on what’s unfolding in the televised murder trial of white former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, taking in what they can before turning away to allow their anger and hurt to subside.
Ample opportunities for viewers to follow Chauvin trial
In this image from Minneapolis city surveillance video, Minneapolis police are seen attempting to take George Floyd into custody May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd’s name is more widely known than Chauvin's, but calling it the “Floyd trial” would wrongly imply that the victim was the one on trial. Most called it the Chauvin trial. CourtTV called it “The Death of George Floyd Murder Trial.” ABC said it was the “Derek Chauvin Trial, 10 Months After George Floyd’s Death.”For some of the specialty networks, the trial offers a rare opportunity to increase viewership, both on the air and online. CBS' website will carry its own coverage, along with that of the network's Minneapolis affiliate, he said.
AP Exclusive: Black Lives Matter opens up about its finances
This marks the first time in the movement’s nearly eight-year history that BLM leaders have revealed a detailed look at their finances. The foundation said it committed $21.7 million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 Black-led local organizations. In its report, the BLM foundation said individual donations via its main fundraising platform averaged $30.76. “Because the BLM movement was larger than life — and it is larger than life — people made very huge assumptions about what our actual finances looked like,” Cullors said. Leaders at the BLM foundation admit that they have not been clear about the movement’s finances and governance over the years.
Officials name new road in Florida after Trayvon Martin
MIAMI – A section of road that leads to the South Florida high school that Trayvon Martin attended now bears the name of the Black teenager whose 2012 death sparked a movement for social justice. The road became Trayvon Martin Avenue during a brief ceremony on Thursday morning near Dr. Michael K. Krop Senior High, where the teen was in 11th grade when he was killed. “Our students every morning will come out here and see the road that bears Trayvon’s name. Martin, 17, was shot dead while visiting his father in Sanford, in Central Florida, in 2012. Zimmerman’s acquittal under Florida’s self-defense law in July 2013 sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election
“Black Lives Matter saved us, because we had nobody,” said Jones. Now, BLM’s influence faces a test, as voters in Tuesday’s election consider candidates who endorsed or denounced the BLM movement amid a national reckoning on race. Enter Black Lives Matter. Across social media platforms, the Black Lives Matter movement boasts a following of millions. “Black Lives Matter,” as a slogan, elicited “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” responses from foes.
Black Lives Matter network debunks Trump Twitter post
Black Lives Matter leader states, If U.S. doesnt give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. Hawk Newsome has no relation to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Scales said. Reached by phone Thursday night, Newsome said Black Lives Matter Greater New York is now under the leadership of Black women. He also said Black Lives Matter is not a movement over which anyone can claim ownership. In Washington, D.C., the mayor ordered the words Black Lives Matter painted across a street near the White House, which also has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza.
Antebellum brings racial justice call to reopened theaters
This image released by Lionsgate shows co-writer/directors Christopher Renz, left, and Gerard Bush on the set of "Antebellum." Filmmakers Bush and Renz planned to release their feature-length debut film, Antebellum, in the spring of 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic exploded internationally. In Antebellum, Mone gives moviegoers a modern Black heroine who takes charge of her own liberation without a male-dominated cavalry. Their path to feature-length films with a racial justice message has been a long time coming, Bush and Renz said. Even as they anticipate finding box office success with Antebellum, Bush and Renz are already at work on their second feature-length script, under a newly formed production company, Gloaming Pictures.
Black Lives Matter network establishes $12M grant fund
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the group behind the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, has established a more than $12 million fund to aid organizations fighting institutional racism in the wake of the George Floyd protests. On Wednesday, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation said it was setting aside $6 million from money it received in donations to support black-led grassroots organizing groups. Although there are many groups that use Black Lives Matter or BLM in their names, only 16 are considered affiliates of the global network. The Black Lives Matter movement emerged in 2013 amid anger over the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. Im really proud of the work weve been able to do in the last seven years, Patrisse Cullors, co-founder and chairwoman of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, said in a statement.
Long seen as radical, Black Lives Matter goes mainstream
Black Lives Matter has gone mainstream and black activists are carefully assessing how they should respond. Its very name enraged its foes, who countered with the slogans Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter." Black Lives Matter has gone mainstream and black activists are carefully assessing how they should respond. When we started Black Lives Matter, it was really to have a larger conversation around this country about its relationship to black people, said Patrisse Cullors, one of three black women who founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network, with chapters throughout the U.S. and in Britain and Canada. Last week, longtime Sacramento Kings TV broadcaster Grant Napear resigned after tweeting ALL LIVES MATTER when asked his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, sues Martin family in Florida
MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Florida volunteer community watchman George Zimmerman, whose 2012 killing of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin drew attention across the United States, sued Martins family and lawyers on Wednesday, saying they used a fake witness against him. FILE PHOTO: George Zimmerman listens to the judge during his first-appearance hearing in Sanford, Florida November 19, 2013. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman, who was then a neighborhood watch captain in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, fatally shot Martin after the teens trip to a convenience store to buy snacks. During the 2013 trial, prosecutors argued Zimmerman profiled, pursued and confronted the black youth. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self defense and was found not guilty by a jury.feeds.reuters.com
George Zimmerman suing Trayvon Martin's family, attorney and others for $100 million
George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted in the 2012 death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, is suing Martin's family, prosecutors and others involved in the case for $100 million. They allege that the prosecution's key witness, Rachel Jeantel, was an "imposter and fake witness" and that Benjamin Crump, the Martin family's attorney, defamed Zimmerman in the process. They also allege that Jeantel lied repeatedly in court, while Martin's supposed "real girlfriend," Brittany Diamond Eugene, "refused to bear false witness" against Zimmerman. The suit alleges that Martin's parents, attorney and several others involved in the case knew about the "imposter witness." Trayvon Martin's mother: "I chose to live"The lead defendant in the suit, Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, has become a national advocate against gun violence in the wake of her son's death.cbsnews.com
Girlfriend of Man Killed in Parking Spot Dispute Says She Feared for Her Family
The manslaughter trial of a Florida man who claims self-defense under the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law began Wednesday in Pinellas County. Michael Drejka, 49, told authorities he was defending himself when he fatally shot a man who had pushed him to the ground in a handicapped parking spot dispute. Drejka approached Jacobs and the two argued over the car being parked in a handicapped spot without a visible permit, authorities said. McGlockton emerged from the store, saw Drejka arguing with his girlfriend, and shoved the man, who hit the ground, officials said. The statute was also claimed by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.
George Zimmerman's gun sold for $250,000
According to reports, George Zimmerman's gun that he used to kill Trayvon Martin has been sold for $250,000. According to Zimmerman's website, the gun's proceeds will be used to block Hillary Clinton's bid for president and to counter violence against law enforcement officers.cbsnews.com
George Zimmerman makes headlines with gun that killed Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claimed self defense in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, made a move to auction off the gun used in the shooting. But the advertisement was later pulled from an auction site.cbsnews.com
Attempted murder charge for accused George Zimmerman shooter
A Florida prosecutor upgraded charges against Matthew Apperson to attempted murder for allegedly shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle in May. Apperson says he was acting in self defense. Sheli Muniz of Orlando affiliate WKMG reports.cbsnews.com
Trayvon Martin Shooting
Trayvon Martin Shooting Paula Reid, CBS News Justice Department Reporter, discusses the Department of Justice's announcement they found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.cbsnews.com
When should you use violence to defend yourself?
When should you use violence to defend yourself? Self-defense expert Tim Larkin, author of the book "Survive the Unthinkable," weighs in on how to tell when violence is the only option to defend yourself, and whether George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn could have taken different paths.cbsnews.com