Trayvon Martin’s Parents Ask For Help In “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Justice for our son Trayvon: ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws must be reviewed.

Last year, our son Trayvon Martin was stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman, and Zimmerman received no punishment whatsoever. That’s in large part because Florida is one of at least 21 states with some form of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law which enables people like George Zimmerman to claim self-defense.

‘Stand Your Ground’ was never meant to give aggressors the opportunity to get away with murder, but that is what happened when our son Trayvon was killed. After Trayvon’s death, law enforcement used the law as an excuse to refuse to arrest George Zimmerman. Even worse, the jury in the case was instructed to think of what Zimmerman did as self-defense, even though Zimmerman ignored instructions from the police and instigated conflict with our son, who was just trying to get home to his father.

We are shocked and heartbroken by the jury’s decision to allow our son’s killer to go free. Despite our despair, we must honor Trayvon’s legacy by doing all that we can to protect other young people from being targeted, pursued, and senselessly murdered.

We started a petition on calling on 21 governors whose states have some form of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws to review those laws and amend them so that people who instigate conflicts — people like George Zimmerman — won’t be able to use these laws to get away with murder.

We are not the only ones calling for ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws to be reviewed. President Obama spoke out on the need for review, and prominent Republicans like Senator John McCain have joined him. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s not ‘black’ or ‘white’ issue, it’s a wrong and right issue.

This is a matter of making sure that no other family will ever have to go through what we have been through. No parents should ever have to know what it feels like to watch your child’s killer walk free.

Our hearts broke on the night of February 26, 2012 when George Zimmerman killed our son — and we were stunned and devastated when the police refused to arrest Zimmerman. We petitioned for Zimmerman’s arrest on, and after more than 2 million people joined our call, Zimmerman was charged with our son’s murder. We felt so much closer to justice for Trayvon, and so grateful for the support of those who signed our petition.

But on July 13, 2013, our hearts broke again when the jury set Zimmerman free. Our hearts broke because it is so hard to accept that we can’t protect Trayvon anymore. But we can fight to make sure that this never happens again. 

Please sign our petition calling for a thorough review of all ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws to prevent killers like George Zimmerman from going free.

We want to say thank you to all of you who have stood up for our son. Because of all your efforts, Trayvon’s life is celebrated all over the world. Please continue to stand with us as we fight to ensure that his legacy is to leave behind a safer and more peaceful world for all our sons and daughters.

Thank you,
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton

  • therealest1

    Ask for public help shit after someone got in their ear. I recall they were going to live with the decision after the verdict. I guess some persuasion came along.

    • Big Dog

      They have no choice but to live with the decision after the verdict, however that does not mean sit on your ass and do nothing. At least they are trying to make positive changes in American society that could save you or one of your loved ones.

      • By nullifying stand your ground?

        How will that make me safer by joining a track team?

      • Big Dog

        Just ask yourself this question have you had to stand your ground at anytime in your life so far? Probably not you either joined the track team or you was smart enough to avoid situations where you would need to stand your ground.

      • Sean Taylor

        There are plenty of people that DO need to use SYG and do so w/ legitimate reasoning. Just because YOU don’t need it doesn’t mean it should be taken off of the books.

        GZ used self defense not SYG, so this is just for publicity.

      • Big Dog

        Had GZ not racial profiled and got out of his vehicle and chased an unarmed teen walking down the street minding his own business he would not have needed to use self defense or SYG. Like I said before a grown adult should be smart enough to avoid these situations.

      • Maybe it’s the new generation, or maybe your into Emo, etc, or maybe I’m just antiquated, but YES, I’ve knuckled up several times.

        2Yrs ago, I caught a burglar in my house, ended up knocking him & his teeth out, so now if he wants beef on some Return Of The Jedi type ‘chet, you want me to dip off & leave the wife & kids behind & hope he doesn’t violate?

        Man GTFOHWTBS!

      • Big Dog

        Why didnt you SYG and shoot the burglar than instead of knuckling up with him? That way you would not have to worry about leaving your kids, wife etc behind. SYG was the whole purpose of you commenting on this post yet you just gave an example of how you didnt have to use SYG to fatally kill a criminal who was committing an act of crime.

        Second you were in your house which means you were not even using the SYG you were using the castle doctrine law which means you can use any means of force to protect your home.

        Man GTFOWTBS and learn your laws before complaining about individuals trying to make positive changes to laws that lead to unnecessary deaths.

      • You watch too much TV or listen to too many fake rappers.

        The action is fast & furious, like the movie, when they pounce by surprise, there isn’t time to draw, let alone chamber a round.

        Don’t believe it? Take a plastic, blue training gun down to the local MMA gym & time how fast it takes for those guys to shove it up your @$$.

        My wife grabbed the whammer & would have fired if the situation wouldn’t have been defused with a str8 right & take down, but if I wasn’t there & just him & the kids, totally different issue.

        The legal system is so fugged up, you won’t get a defense like Zimmerman, more like a Public Pretender that will hold your hand all the way to the cell…nothing more.

        Zimmerman’s case didn’t involve SYG, so the whole movement behind it is some polarizing divisive BS.

        Bobby Seale even came out against SYG, as if the Panther’s didn’t stand theirs.

        Now it’s “The Black Panther Party AGAINST Self Defense?”

        Last thing a Black person needs to complain about is the right to self defense. That is some ‘chet I’ll never understand. If anything, I can see them supporting their own self defense groups to help their community, but anything else is some Fugg ‘chet IMHO.

      • Big Dog

        Ok now you sound like one of those fake rappers with your movie script dream…LOL

      • Yeah, I’m sure knuckling up sounds like some futuristic George Jetson type ‘chet…to you!

      • therealest1

        I respect your opinion.

  • soyhiphop

    I feel for them but shorty was on the wrong side of the tracks every damn tweet he had was about beating some one up or some other violent shit. Heres the plain truth zimmerman did harrassed and follow him which is a fuc*dup thing to do but he gave up following n headed back to his whip & thats when trayvon popped up asking him do we have a problem? this p*ssy zimmerman said no but trayvon said we do now he fuc*ked his own fate up. he should of ran home he clearly became the agressor he stood on the phone talking to precious cousin instead of dialing 9 1 1 this is far from cases like emmet till amadu diallo sean bell timothy stanburry who were slain and got no justice who were not agressors

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    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      so just because u research don’t make you smart dumb boy, don’t talk bout black problems looking like Ponch Villa nicca!

      • soyhiphop

        Look around every one basically agrees with me so who looks dumb? the only person who disliked my comment was you f*ck boy quit stalking me u do it here and on wshh let it go yous a no p*ssy getting stay at home got no friends internet thug wannabee fat 430 lbs dont use your real pic mamas boy gets bullied on his own block fagg*t

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        all this bravery come to Queens and get bodied like the Bit(h u is! oh u mad about a dislike u soft azz hoeeeeeeeeeMO!

      • soyhiphop

        You all wet in the booty ass f*ck boy. im in jamaica 157th stop web thugging if i knew who u really were i would put hands on you. yous a herb show your self stop acking hard througj a monitor poosie

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I cant take no Angel & Kriss looking ass mofo serious. u D.R. fagz suck a million dickz

      • soyhiphop

        Im gonna merk you!

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        u softer than baby shit Hector!

      • soyhiphop

        U dont exist i will never reply to your low self esteem ass have a good life kid f*ck off

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        u said that last time u retarded FU(K BOY!

    • best_believe

      Yes sir

    • therealest1

      You are right on all fronts. It is terrible this kid is dead, he didn’t deserve to die. But we have to be neutral about it. I say both sides were wrong. This case to me was both sides overreacting and things got escalated with a fatal end result.

      Zimmerman overreacted by following the kid when 911 operator clearly told him not to follow, but he did it anyway. The problem is he ran into a kid who had a penchant for fighting, wanting to prove himself as a little bad ass. It escalated between the two, and one ended up paying for it with his life.

      Only 2 people truly know what happened that night, but 1 can’t talk because he is dead.

      Its easy to jump on the racial bandwagon because it was an unarmed kid who got killed by an older man. Look at the facts though, Martin is the one who initiated the physical contact when Zimmerman approached to investigate him based on his ignorant suspicion. If any of y’all got attacked or hit up, and had a gun on you, wouldn’t y’all pull out the strap and blast on the attacker?

      I’m not saying Zimmerman was right 100%, but Martin made the fatal mistake of underestimating he could take down a clown wanting to be a cop not knowing he was strapped.

      This damn shit could’ve been averted had both sides acted rationally. Zimmerman should’ve listened to 911 lady that he should have let the cops come to do their jobs. It makes sense since the cops have the authority and training/firepower to handle situations. If Zimmerman really felt the need to check out Martin, he could’ve approached him politely, introduce himself as neighborhood watchman, let him know about the burglaries, and he never seen him before, just seeing what’s up instead of approaching in a hostile manner.

      Martin also could’ve averted his death by talking back, clarifying who he was, and he was seeing his dad in the neighborhood instead of trying to be hood fighting champion going fisticuffs. If he had felt angered by Zimmerman approaching him, he could’ve went to his dad’s house and tell the situation and his dad could’ve verified he lived there and its his son. And Zimmerman could’ve offered an apology. All that shit could’ve been a simple misunderstanding had both sides used their damn heads!

      I honestly couldn’t see murder for that fat ass clown Zimmerman. Its a shock he didn’t get manslaughter, he should’ve gotten that to me. It would’ve been a racial murder had Zimmerman approached Martin with his gun drawn, made a racial slur, and blasted him on sight. But he didn’t, his strap was in his pocket.

      I don’t think Zimmerman went in with the intent to kill Martin, shit just got unexpectedly escalated between the two, and the person who initiated the contact got killed. That’s manslaughter to me because the death wasn’t intended. The only thing Zimmerman is guilty of is being ignorant by not avoiding the confrontation as he was told to do.

      It also tripped me out when they tried to portray Martin as a saint or angelic kid when he had a penchant for fighting. He even had video of homeless men fighting on his cellphone. But still, a senseless death to me.

      • soyhiphop

        Exactly lol people acting like zimmerman should of just laid down and got beaten into a coma like get real

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Defending your follow Hispanic. I can relate but he only ran up feeling confident because he had the tooly. That hoeMO should of just taken that beat down and walked away. TM was not going to kill em and I don’t care who you are and to say what if this how do u know where u there etc! U trying to say this fatboy Zimmerman had no strength to get out that situation and say STOP block his face etc? FOH

      • soyhiphop

        Are delusional? did trayvon text you telling u he was not going to kill him? lol the kid was slamming his head on the floor i would shoot em too

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        u uncle tom ass nicca!

    • Tony G.

      Yo..the thing that u got twisted is that there are two sides of the story and theres only one here to give his..ur story sounds like Zimmermans..but we don’t know that to be true…Zimmerman was in the wrong regardless..and could have in fact been the aggressor and just bit off more than he can chew…maybe he wasn’t the one standing his ground…don’t believe all the BS u saw/heard in that trial…its clear that Zimmerman changed his story more than several times…

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      u a bit(h puzzy!

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  • Bumpy Johnson

    stand your ground is cool..zimmerman did not stand his ground!!!!!…..stand your ground rule is cool wit me esp coz i got a wifey and want her to murder on site a piece of cum that should have been swallowed who is trying to harm her.

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  • zimmerman didnt even claimmstand your ground, he went trial using classic self defense

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  • his mom left before the verdict was even handed down…shows how much she care….his gf or whoever that slow ass girl was didnt care…his father was laughing while she was on the stand….its something weird about this case…yet the NAACP wants to get involved as if they care about black issues but they give Kerri Washington an award for playing a black whore to a white married man aka BED WENCH! I know i was all over the place with this comment but i didnt make any of it up! LOL

    • therealest1

      Its pathetic that people are only getting involved in this case based on the fact that its TV visible. What about similar cases that didn’t generate TV coverage?

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  • Cheryl Galloway

    I am so sorry and my heart is with you. When I was young my mother made me carry a hat pin just in case someone got “too friendly”. My brother back from Vietnam said “skip the hatpin, just hit him upwards in the nose” and that will stall him so you can get away. I can’t help but think of when I was walking down to the store and this man was following me. He kept pace not going slower or faster but following me. He made all my turns …as I was talking on my phone. I wish now I had taken his picture or had my friend had call the police. I don’t know what to do and I don’t think I can outrun him. He is still there, I can feel him. He is behind me and it is dark. I don’t think I can get to my house before he catches me. I turned fast around the corner but he is still there, maybe if I can hide in the bushes he won’t see me. I hide but he looks right at me. I wish I weren’t so afraid but I am and I remember what my brother said “hit him in the nose” and I jump up and hit him. I hear a big noise and feel a punch in my chest – a hard punch. I can’t stand and I fall down. I think I am dying and I don’t know why. Why does this man hate me? I am dead. I will never have a family or children. I will never laugh again. Zimmerman killed me for no reason. They called it self defense or stand your ground.
    I was someone’s child – I could be your child or just a nurse leaving the hospital or someone walking to their car. I am dead for no reason – the self defense laws and stand your ground must be changed. I was followed, afraid, 17 and I am dead. This could be anyone or anyone’s child and I hope people realize this. Cheryl Galloway

  • Truth Powell

    Everything is a smoke screen and diversion. Zimmerman didn’t claim stand your ground as a defense. Trayvon’s parents are being taken on a ride and used in a time when they should be mourning by third parties with political agendas.

    • therealest1

      That’s what I alluded to earlier. It seems like people with agendas and ulterior motives are taking advantage of that poor dead kid’s parents at a time they are vulnerable, their minds not being right.

  • brotha_man

    i think they are over looking the bigger picture. I would have a face to face wit some of the jurors. the ones that decided 2nd degree murder and manslaughter was appropriate, but then changed their minds last minute because they were confused on the stand your ground law. I would bring up the all female jury issue….the jury system is messed up. why are jurors accepting books deals (i know its common wit high profile cases) but there should be a gag order no juror should be able to profit of this, the agenda seems suspect. I would beat trayvons GF down for f^^cking up the case. there should never be an all white, all black, all male, or female jury it fucks the system up, it should always be a mixed bag

  • BulldogCG

    I think people are really lost on this, especially looking at this thread. So some bloggers on here blaming Taryvon for talking negatively to this dude, but in the same thread threaten a blogger because they disagree with you? what kind of mess is that?

    Laws shouldn’t be on the books to promote killing other Americans, which this does. These laws play on fear and create more separation. Zimmerman is not the devil, but he deserves punishment. A drunk driver does not wake up with Murder on his mind, but if they kill someone, or worse a family, they deserve to pay, and they do. Anytime a life is taken in this manner there should be punishment. At the end of the day this was an unarmed, followed, teenager, not sure how we supporting Zimmerman, is this really a hip hop web site?

    These laws for sure should be reviewed, of course we need the right to defend ourselves, but we already have it, adding laws like this, obviously helps escalate situations and empowers the weak and promotes killing for any reason during a confrontation, it sad people are so scared of one another and believe all this media B.S. from both sides. Think a little bit for yourselves people.

    • soyhiphop

      Since u clearly talking bout me i only threatend dude cause he stalks me well he stalks every one on this site. not cause he disagreed

      • BulldogCG

        I feel you, just like Zimmerman was stalking Trayvon, so Trayvon had an outburts, My point is we are all just human, you do not deserve punishment for getting sick of something, just like Trayvon did not deserve to die for getting sick of being followed. Suffice to say there are better ways to handle these situation the killing our fellow Americans.

      • BulldogCG

        *than killing our fellow Americans

      • delew38

        BulldogCG if Zimmerman was a stalker than Trayvon was a Night Prowler.

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        stop making excuses ur a hypocrite and mad!

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      His ignorance is the funny part. the maturity of some in these blogs is hiliarious!

    • delew38

      Zimmerman does not deserve punishment when he was defending his own life. The thug dope smoking Gangsta got what he deserved when he tried to beat out Zimmermans brains. So yes you are right Zimmerman was not the devil but Trayvon was that devil.

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  • delew38

    You stupid bunch of brown baggers I will not support you at all. First thing the trial was not about stand your ground. It was about self defense from a dope smoking Gansta thug. Mr. Zimmerman was not the fault of the killing of this thug, anymore than he would be the fault of all those killings going on in Chicago.

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