Trayvon Martin Killing Updates: Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Travyon's Parents
Trayvon Matin's Parents
Trayon Martin's parents appeared on Geraldo Rivera's program on Fox News' "Geraldo At Large" Sunday night. Geraldo wanted to make amends and offer his sincere apology following the backlash he received after he made controversial comments about Trayvon wearing a hoodie the night he was killed. He started the interview by thanking them for coming on the program and asked them to "accept his condolences for their awful loss".
He said of his previous comments on March 23, which he implied the hoodie that Trayvon wore was as much to blame for his killing as George Zimmerman:
"What I was trying to do was caution parents that allowing kids to wear hoodies or similar clothing in certain circumstances, particularly if they were minority young men, could be dangerous," he continued, "But I never intended to hurt anyone’s feelings and certainly Sybrina and Tracy, I never intended to hurt your feelings. I want to personally convey my deepest apologies to both of you. I am sorry, Tracy, if anything I said added to your misery.”
Tracy Martin replied:
“Your apology is accepted," Martin said. "Let me just add one thing with the wearing of the hoodie. I don’t think America knows that, in fact, at the time of the incident when he initially made the call, it was raining. So Trayvon had every right to have on his hood. He was protecting himself from the rain. So if being suspicious, walking in the rain with your hoodie on is a crime, then I guess the world is doing something wrong."
Trayvon's parents are requesting that The Justice Department to do an investigation into The Seminole County Prosecutor that investigated the case. The family attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the family will be sending a formal letter to the DOJ today asking them to examine state attorney Norm Wolfinger's interaction in the case. It has previously came out that a lead detective in the case wanted to press manslaughter charges against Zimmerman at that time because he was not buying his story. The Sanford Police Department had requested an arrest warrant from The Seminole State Attorney's Office but the office held off until the case was further reviewed. As of now, there is no information to support whether or nott the prosecutor went to the scene the day it happened.
The incident report was described as stating it was a "homicide-negligent manslaughter-unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act."
Sanford Police issued a statement stating:
"All police reports from all law enforcement agencies require a 'Uniform Crime Code' to qualify an incident and for statistical purposes for tracking types of incidents," It continued, "This code does not indicate a formal charge that will be lodged against an alleged offender. It is used for internal processing and to type cases."
The case has drawn national and international attention demanding the arrest of Zimmerman who claims self-defense after he pursued the un-armed teen who was carrying only Skittles and an Arizona-Iced Tea. Zimmerman had called 911 and reported seeing a "suspicious person". The 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to pursue the person, which turned out to be Trayvon, but he did anyway. (See Trayvon Martin: Will There Be Justice?)
What happened next has become the topic of controversy and debate. Zimmerman claims he was in a fight for his life causing him to have to shoot, but evidence has surfaced suggesting otherwise. An online petition demanding Zimmerman's arrest has reached over 2 million signatures and continues to grow,
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