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The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of the 2012 shooting that launched the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying The Weinstein Co. and its television unit entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

The parents say they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series, episodes of which have been filmed but not yet aired. The Weinstein Co. also optioned the movie rights, though the studio has not yet exercised this option.

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in connection with the death. The book is filled with family stories and anecdotes about Trayvon, which reviewers said provide a complete picture of the teen who was gunned down.

The bankruptcy court approved the sale of The Weinstein Co. to the Dallas private equity firm, Lantern Capital, and is still dealing with claims filed byscores of actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court papers saying theyre owed money.

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Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago”

In an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room, President Obama delivered a personal response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. He did not question the verdict but spoke about Trayvon Martin, race relations and providing more support for young African-American males. Bill Plante reports.

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Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton pose with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, center, on Friday.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK No star power was necessary at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night.

Although Jay-Z was expected to speak at a panel for Paramount Network’s new Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which he executive produced, the rapper was a no-show. But the premiere audience didn’t seem to mind, giving a standing ovation to the late teen’s parents,Sybrina FultonandTracy Martin, who spoke at a post-screening Q&A.

Rest in Power is an upcoming six-episode docuseries that details the controversial events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Martin, who was shotin Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Using a mix of news clips, family photos, 911 calls and interviews, the first episode recounts the life and dreams of Martin who aspired to be a pilot and travel the world and walks through the night he was killed in harrowing detail.

The series also explores the impact of his death, becoming the face of the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was found not guilty in 2013.

An undated family photo of Travon Martin, taken about 3 months prior to his 17th birthday.(Photo: AP)

Reliving the incident through Power has been “very difficult, but it’s a tragedy worth telling,” Fulton told moderator Joy Reid. “We want to make sure that people not only remember Trayvon, but all the young men and women that he represents. We have to be mindful that gun culture needs to change, mental illness needs to change, and also the hatred that goes on in this country needs to change. We want to make sure that we are part of that change, so if it meant us opening our lives up and it’s not easy. It’s important for people to realize that it took courage to do this, it took strength to do this. This is nothing that we would have volunteered ourselves for. This is nothing that I would have sacrificed my son for.”

Later in the series, co-directors Julia Willoughby NasonandJenner Furst examine the relevance of Martin’s death in 2018, following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,last August and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year.

When it comes to the push for more sensible gun laws, “I see a change now, and I say now, because of the incident that happened in Parkland,” Tracy Martin said. “We’ve been talking about getting these laws changed since 2012, but the difference is that the Parkland incident hit the heart of America. Trayvon Martin wasn’t the heart of America; Trayvon Martin iscategorized as the ghetto. And so when this took action outside the ghetto, now America is awake and everybody wants to do something about it. We’ve been trying to get America to do something for years.”

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Trayvon Martins parents believe their sons story remains relevant as ever due to the rampant gun violence that continues to plague America.

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain in 2012, are eager for systemic change, and they believe the fight against gun violence is now becoming more universal.

“It’s very relevant because it does continue to happen today,” Fulton told the Daily News of her son’s story. “When you have the students in the Parkland (Fla.) area that went to school and never made it home, it’s apparent that we have an issue with gun violence, a terrible issue with gun violence.

“It’s not just happening to African-Americans. This (is) happening to everybody. In Las Vegas they were at a concert,” she said, referring to the October mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival. “Now you’re afraid to go to (the) movies, you’re afraid to go to the mall, you’re afraid to go to a concert, you’re afraid to go to school, you’re afraid to walk to the store.”

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Trayvon’s parents hope to push change into motion through a new documentary series about their son, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which they executive produced alongside hip hop mogul JAY-Z and Paramount Network.

The powerful six-part series, which premiered Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the night their unarmed son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., as he walked back from a convenient store after buying Skittles and an Arizona watermelon fruit juice cocktail.

The docuseries also covers the fallout from that night. Outrage over Trayvon’s death as well as the acquittal of Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and opened a discussion about gun rights in America.

Trayvon Martin’s death sparks national outrage

“When you look back to 2012, you see that we were talking about how gun violence was impacting African-American communities,” Tracy told The News. “It was kind of just like brushed to the side. Now, in 2018, you have the Parkland incident, and so now the lightbulb just went off, and everybody’s talking about it, and everybody wants to do something about gun violence, and everybody wants to decide who has the right to bear arms.

JAY-Z praises Trayvon Martin as beacon of light at peace rally

“Now everybody (can) see that this is not just happening in the ghetto, this is happening in rural America, and it’s happening back-to-back-to-back,” he said.

Trayvon’s parents are eager for their documentary series which premieres to the public on July 30 on Paramount Network to increase awareness about the violence and injustice in America, which they hope gets more people involved with the fight for change.

They also hope viewers will get to know their son on a personal level through interviews with Trayvon’s relatives and others close to him.

Fulton says the documentary is “very intense” and “very real” about what transpired on the night of her son’s death.

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“It’s not just about Trayvon,” Fulton said. “It’s about all the Trayvons across not only this country but this world who have been unjustly shot and killed and nobody is being held accountable. The justice system did not work in our case. It was not fair. It was not just, and so it’s really reminding people of what happened with Trayvon and what continues to happen in this world.”

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Parents of Trayvon Martin honor him with doc at Tribeca

Parents of Trayvon Martin honor him with doc at Tribeca

Honoring their son with his likeness on their shirts, the parents of Trayvon Martin attended the world premiere of the documentary series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (April 21)

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Neighborhood Watch Shooting of Trayvon Martin: Probe …

ABC News has uncovered questionable police conduct in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch captain in Florida, including the alleged “correction” of at least one eyewitness’ account.

Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said there is no evidence to dispute self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman’s assertion that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin out of self-defense.

“Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” Lee said.

Martin had been staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house during the night of the NBA All-Star game Feb. 26.

The teenager went out to get some Skittles and a can of ice tea. On his way back into the gated suburban Orlando community, Martin, wearing a hood, was spotted by Zimmerman, 28.

According to law enforcement sources who heard Zimmerman’s call to a non-emergency police number, he told a dispatcher “these a..holes always get away.”

Zimmerman described Martin as suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking slowly in the rain, police later told residents at a town hall.

A dispatcher told him to wait for a police cruiser, and not leave his vehicle.

But about a minute later, Zimmerman left his car wearing a red sweatshirt and pursued Martin on foot between two rows of townhouses, about 70 yards from where the teen was going.

Lee said Zimmerman’s pursuit of Martin did not of itself constitute a crime.

Witnesses told ABC News a fist fight broke out and at one point Zimmerman, who outweighed Martin by more than 100 pounds, was on the ground and that Martin was on top.

Austin Brown, 13, was walking his dog during the time of the altercation and saw both men on the ground but separated.

Brown along with several other residents heard someone cry for help, just before hearing a gunshot. Police arrived 60 seconds later and the teen was quickly pronounced dead.

According to the police report, Zimmerman, who was armed with a handgun, was found bleeding from the nose and the back of the head, standing over Martin, who was unresponsive after being shot.

An officer at the scene overheard Zimmerman saying, “I was yelling for someone to help me but no one would help me,” the report said.

Witnesses told ABC News they heard Zimmerman pronounce aloud to the breathless residents watching the violence unfold “it was self-defense,” and place the gun on the ground.

But after the shooting, a source inside the police department told ABC News that a narcotics detective and not a homicide detective first approached Zimmerman. The detective pepppered Zimmerman with questions, the source said, rather than allow Zimmerman to tell his story. Questions can lead a witness, the source said.

Another officer corrected a witness after she told him that she heard the teen cry for help.

The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. ABC News has spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help.

The Sanford Police Department refused to release 911 calls by witnesses and neighbors.

Several of the calls, ABC News has learned, contain the sound of the single gunshot.

Lee publically admitted that officers accepted Zimmerman’s word at the scene that he had no police record.

Two days later during a meeting with Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin, an officer told the father that Zimmerman’s record was “squeaky clean.”

Yet public records showed that Zimmerman was charged with battery against on officer and resisting arrest in 2005, a charge which was later expunged.

Zimmerman has not responded to requests for a comment.

“I asked [the police] well did you check out my son’s record?” Tracy Martin told ABC News in an interview Sunday. “What about his?…Trayvon was innocent.”

Trayvon Martin had no arrest record or disciplinary action for violence as a student in North Miami’s Krop High School.

On Monday Lee, seeking to head off racial unrest, tried to reassure the public that his department was doing all it could to reach a fair conclusion, as some in the crowd heckled him saying “a little black boy is dead.”

Lee’s department said it plans on passing its investigation over to the state’s attorney office to determine whether or not to press charges against Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin’s parents described him as the kind of son who even at 17, allowed his parents to kiss him publicly.

“That was my baby, my youngest son,” mother Sybrina Fulton told ABC News in an interview in Miami. “He meant a lot to me, I don’t think the police department really understands thatI need justice for my family, I just want justice for my son.”

Fulton is incensed that Zimmerman left his car despite being urged against it by dispatchers to stay put.

“My son didn’t do anything he was walking home from the store. Why would the neighborhood watch guy would have a weapon?…It’s just crazy.You are supposed to watch the neighborhood, not take the law into your own hands.”

ABC News’ Matthew Rosenbaum contributed to this report.

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Trayvon Martin documentary series debuts in July – Orlando …

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary series, will debut in July, the Paramount Network announced Monday. The programming announcement came on the sixth anniversary of the teens death.

The program comes from executive producer Shawn Carter, the hip-hop superstar known as Jay-Z.

The documentary is based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the book by Trayvons parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.

The six-part non-scripted documentary series will be the definitive look at one of the most talked-about and controversial events in the last decade that spurred the impactful worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, Paramount Network said in announcing the scheduling.

The program explores the fatal shooting of Trayvon, who was 17 and unarmed, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford in 2012.

The next year, Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder. He claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.

The series delves deep into the heart of the story which is more than a tragic narrative about a young mans life cut short its a story about race, politics, power, money and the criminal justice system, Paramount Network said.

The executive producers for the series include Carter, Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason and Nick Sandow.

Furst and Nason will be co-directors.

The Weinstein Company, which had been part of the project, has said it will file for bankruptcy. The companys involvement in the series is to be determined, a Paramount spokeswoman said.

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Trayvon Martin is honored on what would’ve been his 23rd …

Today, Feb. 5, would have been Trayvon Martins 23rd birthday.

Nearly six years ago, the unarmed 17-year-old was tragically gunned down by neighborhood watch George Zimmerman. His murder set off a wave of national protests against racial bias and an unjust criminal justice system, and inspired the early workings of Black Lives Matter.

On his birthday, Trayvons mother,Sybrina Fulton, took to Twitter to pay tribute to her fallen son, whose life inspired a new generation to rise up against racial injustice.

Happy Heavenly 23 Birthday Trayvon you will forever be my Son/Sun !! tweeted Fulton, who has turned her pain into passionate advocacy as a public advocate for the movement.

Last Friday, Fulton spoke to a room full of grieving mothers who, too, lost their children to violence. During the event held in Fort Myers, Florida, Fulton opened up about still missing her son and being thrusted into a national spotlight she was not prepared for.

I certainly told God he picked the wrong mother and the wrong family, Fulton said at the Dunbar Neighborhood Watchs eighth annual Community Prayer Service, according to the News-Press. Its not something that I wanted to do.

Much like the countless mothers before and after her, Fulton says, Im part of that unfortunate club.

Despite his death, Fulton says Trayvons legacy was to expose the ugly reality that racism in America is alive and well. Still, that doesnt make the grieving process any less difficult.

The worst day of my life was seeing my 17-year-old son in church in a casket dressed in all white, Fulton said. It never ends for us moms. We have to live with this for the rest of our lives, adding, I still cry. I just dont come out on my bad days. That was my son, my baby. So when my spirit is not right, I dont come out.

It is an ongoing process. The more I said I was strong, the more I became strong, she said.

This is not something that I was groomed and polished for. I decided to be obedient to what (God) was showing me and what he wanted me to do. Weve got to show them a better way.

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Parents of Trayvon Martin Say The Weinstein Co. Owes Them …

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Co. owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of the 2012 shooting that launched the Black Lives Matter movement. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin filed documents in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying The Weinstein Co. and its television unit entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. The parents say they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series, episodes of which have been filmed but not yet aired. The Weinstein Co. also optioned the movie rights, though the studio has not yet exercised this option. Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a convenience store in Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of charges in connection with the death. The book is filled with family stories and anecdotes about Trayvon, which reviewers said provide a complete picture of the teen who was gunned down. The bankruptcy court approved the sale of The Weinstein Co. to the Dallas private equity firm, Lantern Capital, and is still dealing with claims filed byscores of actors, writers, producers and companies that have filed court papers saying theyre owed money.

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Obama: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago” In an unannounced appearance in the White House briefing room, President Obama delivered a personal response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. He did not question the verdict but spoke about Trayvon Martin, race relations and providing more support for young African-American males. Bill Plante reports. On July 19, 7:03 PM PlayVideo

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Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton pose with Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Robert De Niro, center, on Friday.(Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK No star power was necessary at the Tribeca Film Festival Friday night. Although Jay-Z was expected to speak at a panel for Paramount Network’s new Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, which he executive produced, the rapper was a no-show. But the premiere audience didn’t seem to mind, giving a standing ovation to the late teen’s parents,Sybrina FultonandTracy Martin, who spoke at a post-screening Q&A. Rest in Power is an upcoming six-episode docuseries that details the controversial events surrounding the death of 17-year-old Martin, who was shotin Florida in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Using a mix of news clips, family photos, 911 calls and interviews, the first episode recounts the life and dreams of Martin who aspired to be a pilot and travel the world and walks through the night he was killed in harrowing detail. The series also explores the impact of his death, becoming the face of the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was found not guilty in 2013. An undated family photo of Travon Martin, taken about 3 months prior to his 17th birthday.(Photo: AP) Reliving the incident through Power has been “very difficult, but it’s a tragedy worth telling,” Fulton told moderator Joy Reid. “We want to make sure that people not only remember Trayvon, but all the young men and women that he represents. We have to be mindful that gun culture needs to change, mental illness needs to change, and also the hatred that goes on in this country needs to change. We want to make sure that we are part of that change, so if it meant us opening our lives up and it’s not easy. It’s important for people to realize that it took courage to do this, it took strength to do this. This is nothing that we would have volunteered ourselves for. This is nothing that I would have sacrificed my son for.” Later in the series, co-directors Julia Willoughby NasonandJenner Furst examine the relevance of Martin’s death in 2018, following the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,last August and the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., earlier this year. When it comes to the push for more sensible gun laws, “I see a change now, and I say now, because of the incident that happened in Parkland,” Tracy Martin said. “We’ve been talking about getting these laws changed since 2012, but the difference is that the Parkland incident hit the heart of America. Trayvon Martin wasn’t the heart of America; Trayvon Martin iscategorized as the ghetto. And so when this took action outside the ghetto, now America is awake and everybody wants to do something about it. We’ve been trying to get America to do something for years.” Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions , Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2HSHXHq

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Trayvon Martins parents believe their sons story remains relevant as ever due to the rampant gun violence that continues to plague America. Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain in 2012, are eager for systemic change, and they believe the fight against gun violence is now becoming more universal. “It’s very relevant because it does continue to happen today,” Fulton told the Daily News of her son’s story. “When you have the students in the Parkland (Fla.) area that went to school and never made it home, it’s apparent that we have an issue with gun violence, a terrible issue with gun violence. “It’s not just happening to African-Americans. This (is) happening to everybody. In Las Vegas they were at a concert,” she said, referring to the October mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival. “Now you’re afraid to go to (the) movies, you’re afraid to go to the mall, you’re afraid to go to a concert, you’re afraid to go to school, you’re afraid to walk to the store.” JAY-Z finally responds to George Zimmermans alligator threat Trayvon’s parents hope to push change into motion through a new documentary series about their son, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which they executive produced alongside hip hop mogul JAY-Z and Paramount Network. The powerful six-part series, which premiered Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the night their unarmed son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., as he walked back from a convenient store after buying Skittles and an Arizona watermelon fruit juice cocktail. The docuseries also covers the fallout from that night. Outrage over Trayvon’s death as well as the acquittal of Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and opened a discussion about gun rights in America. Trayvon Martin’s death sparks national outrage “When you look back to 2012, you see that we were talking about how gun violence was impacting African-American communities,” Tracy told The News. “It was kind of just like brushed to the side. Now, in 2018, you have the Parkland incident, and so now the lightbulb just went off, and everybody’s talking about it, and everybody wants to do something about gun violence, and everybody wants to decide who has the right to bear arms. JAY-Z praises Trayvon Martin as beacon of light at peace rally “Now everybody (can) see that this is not just happening in the ghetto, this is happening in rural America, and it’s happening back-to-back-to-back,” he said. Trayvon’s parents are eager for their documentary series which premieres to the public on July 30 on Paramount Network to increase awareness about the violence and injustice in America, which they hope gets more people involved with the fight for change. They also hope viewers will get to know their son on a personal level through interviews with Trayvon’s relatives and others close to him. Fulton says the documentary is “very intense” and “very real” about what transpired on the night of her son’s death. Beyonc takes on Coachella after year-long absence from festival “It’s not just about Trayvon,” Fulton said. “It’s about all the Trayvons across not only this country but this world who have been unjustly shot and killed and nobody is being held accountable. The justice system did not work in our case. It was not fair. It was not just, and so it’s really reminding people of what happened with Trayvon and what continues to happen in this world.”

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Parents of Trayvon Martin honor him with doc at Tribeca Honoring their son with his likeness on their shirts, the parents of Trayvon Martin attended the world premiere of the documentary series, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” at the Tribeca Film Festival. (April 21)

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Neighborhood Watch Shooting of Trayvon Martin: Probe …

ABC News has uncovered questionable police conduct in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch captain in Florida, including the alleged “correction” of at least one eyewitness’ account. Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said there is no evidence to dispute self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman’s assertion that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin out of self-defense. “Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” Lee said. Martin had been staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house during the night of the NBA All-Star game Feb. 26. The teenager went out to get some Skittles and a can of ice tea. On his way back into the gated suburban Orlando community, Martin, wearing a hood, was spotted by Zimmerman, 28. According to law enforcement sources who heard Zimmerman’s call to a non-emergency police number, he told a dispatcher “these a..holes always get away.” Zimmerman described Martin as suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking slowly in the rain, police later told residents at a town hall. A dispatcher told him to wait for a police cruiser, and not leave his vehicle. But about a minute later, Zimmerman left his car wearing a red sweatshirt and pursued Martin on foot between two rows of townhouses, about 70 yards from where the teen was going. Lee said Zimmerman’s pursuit of Martin did not of itself constitute a crime. Witnesses told ABC News a fist fight broke out and at one point Zimmerman, who outweighed Martin by more than 100 pounds, was on the ground and that Martin was on top. Austin Brown, 13, was walking his dog during the time of the altercation and saw both men on the ground but separated. Brown along with several other residents heard someone cry for help, just before hearing a gunshot. Police arrived 60 seconds later and the teen was quickly pronounced dead. According to the police report, Zimmerman, who was armed with a handgun, was found bleeding from the nose and the back of the head, standing over Martin, who was unresponsive after being shot. An officer at the scene overheard Zimmerman saying, “I was yelling for someone to help me but no one would help me,” the report said. Witnesses told ABC News they heard Zimmerman pronounce aloud to the breathless residents watching the violence unfold “it was self-defense,” and place the gun on the ground. But after the shooting, a source inside the police department told ABC News that a narcotics detective and not a homicide detective first approached Zimmerman. The detective pepppered Zimmerman with questions, the source said, rather than allow Zimmerman to tell his story. Questions can lead a witness, the source said. Another officer corrected a witness after she told him that she heard the teen cry for help. The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. ABC News has spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help. The Sanford Police Department refused to release 911 calls by witnesses and neighbors. Several of the calls, ABC News has learned, contain the sound of the single gunshot. Lee publically admitted that officers accepted Zimmerman’s word at the scene that he had no police record. Two days later during a meeting with Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin, an officer told the father that Zimmerman’s record was “squeaky clean.” Yet public records showed that Zimmerman was charged with battery against on officer and resisting arrest in 2005, a charge which was later expunged. Zimmerman has not responded to requests for a comment. “I asked [the police] well did you check out my son’s record?” Tracy Martin told ABC News in an interview Sunday. “What about his?…Trayvon was innocent.” Trayvon Martin had no arrest record or disciplinary action for violence as a student in North Miami’s Krop High School. On Monday Lee, seeking to head off racial unrest, tried to reassure the public that his department was doing all it could to reach a fair conclusion, as some in the crowd heckled him saying “a little black boy is dead.” Lee’s department said it plans on passing its investigation over to the state’s attorney office to determine whether or not to press charges against Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin’s parents described him as the kind of son who even at 17, allowed his parents to kiss him publicly. “That was my baby, my youngest son,” mother Sybrina Fulton told ABC News in an interview in Miami. “He meant a lot to me, I don’t think the police department really understands thatI need justice for my family, I just want justice for my son.” Fulton is incensed that Zimmerman left his car despite being urged against it by dispatchers to stay put. “My son didn’t do anything he was walking home from the store. Why would the neighborhood watch guy would have a weapon?…It’s just crazy.You are supposed to watch the neighborhood, not take the law into your own hands.” ABC News’ Matthew Rosenbaum contributed to this report.

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Trayvon Martin documentary series debuts in July – Orlando …

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary series, will debut in July, the Paramount Network announced Monday. The programming announcement came on the sixth anniversary of the teens death. The program comes from executive producer Shawn Carter, the hip-hop superstar known as Jay-Z. The documentary is based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, the book by Trayvons parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The six-part non-scripted documentary series will be the definitive look at one of the most talked-about and controversial events in the last decade that spurred the impactful worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, Paramount Network said in announcing the scheduling. The program explores the fatal shooting of Trayvon, who was 17 and unarmed, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford in 2012. The next year, Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder. He claimed he shot Martin in self-defense. The series delves deep into the heart of the story which is more than a tragic narrative about a young mans life cut short its a story about race, politics, power, money and the criminal justice system, Paramount Network said. The executive producers for the series include Carter, Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason and Nick Sandow. Furst and Nason will be co-directors. The Weinstein Company, which had been part of the project, has said it will file for bankruptcy. The companys involvement in the series is to be determined, a Paramount spokeswoman said. hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com and 407-420-5756.

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Patrisse Cullors: Nearly six years ago Trayvon Martin was …

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Trayvon Martin is honored on what would’ve been his 23rd …

Today, Feb. 5, would have been Trayvon Martins 23rd birthday. Nearly six years ago, the unarmed 17-year-old was tragically gunned down by neighborhood watch George Zimmerman. His murder set off a wave of national protests against racial bias and an unjust criminal justice system, and inspired the early workings of Black Lives Matter. On his birthday, Trayvons mother,Sybrina Fulton, took to Twitter to pay tribute to her fallen son, whose life inspired a new generation to rise up against racial injustice. Happy Heavenly 23 Birthday Trayvon you will forever be my Son/Sun !! tweeted Fulton, who has turned her pain into passionate advocacy as a public advocate for the movement. Last Friday, Fulton spoke to a room full of grieving mothers who, too, lost their children to violence. During the event held in Fort Myers, Florida, Fulton opened up about still missing her son and being thrusted into a national spotlight she was not prepared for. I certainly told God he picked the wrong mother and the wrong family, Fulton said at the Dunbar Neighborhood Watchs eighth annual Community Prayer Service, according to the News-Press. Its not something that I wanted to do. Much like the countless mothers before and after her, Fulton says, Im part of that unfortunate club. Despite his death, Fulton says Trayvons legacy was to expose the ugly reality that racism in America is alive and well. Still, that doesnt make the grieving process any less difficult. The worst day of my life was seeing my 17-year-old son in church in a casket dressed in all white, Fulton said. It never ends for us moms. We have to live with this for the rest of our lives, adding, I still cry. I just dont come out on my bad days. That was my son, my baby. So when my spirit is not right, I dont come out. It is an ongoing process. The more I said I was strong, the more I became strong, she said. This is not something that I was groomed and polished for. I decided to be obedient to what (God) was showing me and what he wanted me to do. Weve got to show them a better way. See other birthday tributes to Trayvon Martin below.

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