Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
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Florida Attorney General
Pam Bondi
Sanford Police Chief
Bill Lee
US Attorney General
Eric Holder
Florida's 4th District State's Attorney
Angela Corey

Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin

    1. Petition by

      Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton

      Sanford, FL

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April 2012

Victory

Following the tragic killing of their son Trayvon, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton started a petition on Change.org that turned a local tragedy into an international movement for justice, inspiring millions to take action and call for charges to be brought against the man that killed Trayvon. 

On April 11, 2012 it was announced that a Florida State Attorney would be bringing charges of second degree murder against the neighborhood watch captain that shot Trayvon Martin. 

On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old. 

Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son. 

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.

When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

It's been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he's "a college grad" who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join us in calling on Angela Corey, Florida's 4th District State's Attorney, to investigate my son's murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Police Chief in Trayvon Martin Case Expected to Resign

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The police chief who temporarily stepped aside last month over his department’s handling of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is expected to resign Monday, according to city officials.

      Chief Bill Lee Jr. of the Sanford police department dismissed earlier calls for his resignation after questions were raised about why detectives did not immediately arrest George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who was released early Monday on bail while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges.

    2. Tracy and Sybrina react to news that George Zimmerman has been charged

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organiser

      The Special Prosecutor in Trayvon's case, Angela Corey, announced today that George Zimmerman would be charged with second degree murder. Sybrina and Tracy said, "We are still devastated by the loss of our son Trayvon Martin, and nothing can bring him back. But today, we are heartened to tell you that justice may finally be served for Trayvon. We are so much closer to justice with the decision to bring charges against our son’s killer. We feel less alone knowing that so many people stood with our family during this impossible time. When Trayvon was just nine, he ran into a burning house to save his father's life. He may be gone, but he is still our hero. We are so thankful to all of you who fought to honor his memory. Thank you for standing with us, and with Trayvon." Follow this link for more reaction from Tracy and Sybrina.

    3. Voice Experts Claim Cries Heard On 911 Call Were Not George Zimmerman's

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Before George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin on February 26, a 911 call recorded the voice of someone screaming. Whether that person was Martin or Zimmerman -- who police say claimed he was attacked by Martin before the fatal incident -- has been an open question since the calls were released by the Sanford, Florida police department.

      The Orlando Sentinel consulted two voice experts to try to settle the debate, and both came to the same conclusion: The cries could not have come from George Zimmerman.

    4. New Zimmerman video: How seriously was he reportedly injured?

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Newly emerged video reportedly shot by surveillance cameras at the Sanford, Fla., Police Department on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting offers the public the first look at Martin’s assailant, George Zimmerman, on the night of the shooting.

      ABC News, which obtained the video and released it Wednesday night, said it shows “no blood or bruises” on the handcuffed, trim- and muscular-looking suspect as he steps out of the back of a police cruiser, is frisked by an officer and walks escorted into the police building.

      The quality of the video is not very high, but it appears to suggest that if Zimmerman was injured that night, the injuries were not serious.

    5. Trayvon Martin Petition Is Fastest-Growing in Change.org History

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The Change.org petition created by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton calling for the prosecution of their son Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, has become the fastest-growing campaign in the site’s history.

      The petition called “Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin,” has gained over 2.1 million signatures since its launch on March 8. During its most viral stages, more than 1,000 people were signing the petition each minute.

    6. Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      President Barack Obama spoke out Friday for the first time on the growing controversy over the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Florida, saying that the incident requires national "soul-searching."

      "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," Obama said. "And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

    7. Rallies set over Trayvon Martin shooting

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The national controversy that accompanied the killing of an unarmed black teenager in suburban Orlando showed no signs of abating Friday.

      Demonstrators plan to march to the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday to protest the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking home from a convenience store.

      The death has sparked outrage nationwide.

      More than 1.3 million people have signed an online petition urging authorities to file criminal charges against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader who has told police he shot Martin in self defense.

    8. Bill Lee, Sanford Police Chief, Steps Down Temporarily Over Trayvon Martin

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      At a hastily called press conference this afternoon, Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. announced that beleaguered police Chief Bill Lee Jr. is stepping down temporarily amidst growing anger over his handling of the investigation into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Bonaparte told reporters that he hoped the move would "restore calm to the city of Sanford" and help speed the case through the legal process. He said that the city has not yet appointed an interim chief.

    9. City Commission Has "No Confidence" in Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The Sanford City Commission voted 3-2 that it had no confidence in Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. over his handling of the Trayvon Martin shooting Wednesday.

      Velma Williams, the city’s only black commissioner, said she spent 15 years trying to bring together the black community and white community, and the Martin episode has taken an emotional toll.

      “And now this. It’s a national embarrassment," she said.

    10. "Stand Your Ground" Authors Say Law Doesn't Apply To Trayvon Martin Shooter

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Two lawmakers who crafted the Stand Your Ground Law say the measure doesn't apply to the shooter of Trayvon Martin, a Miami teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and he should face charges.

      "He has no protection under my law," said Former Sen. Durell Peaden, one of the law's authors, The Miami Herald reported. "They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid."

      Peaden said that when George Zimmerman told dispatch that he was following Martin he lost his defense under the law.

    11. Outrage, protests grow over shooting of unarmed Florida teen

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teen rippled nationwide as supporters planned more protests Wednesday and a petition demanding the shooter's arrest amassed nearly 1 million signatures.

    12. Trayvon Martin case: DOJ to probe fatal shooting Read more: http://www.pol

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The federal Justice Department will investigate the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager who was fatally shot in Florida last week by a neighborhood watch captain armed with a high-powered handgun.

      In a late-night statement, the department announced Monday its Civil Rights Division, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida and the FBI, will launch “a thorough and independent investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting,” and pledged to “take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation.”

    13. Reached 500,000 signatures
    14. Slain Fla. teen's parents want FBI probe

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      The parents of an unarmed teenage boy who was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida last month are now calling on the FBI to get involved in the investigation.

      Trayvon Martin's parents have formally asked the FBI to investigate this case, because they believe local police and prosecutors have not done their job. The admitted gunman remains free - and this case has growing overtones of race and injustice.

      Martin's parents say recently-released 911 calls prove the shooter, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was not acting in self-defense, as he has claimed.

    15. Reached 300,000 signatures
    16. Trayvon Martin's father: Family 'betrayed' by Sanford police

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      In the 20 days since Trayvon Martin was killed, his parents said, their trust in the Sanford Police Department has disappeared.

      Tracy Martin, father of the slain teen, told reporters today he felt "betrayed" by law enforcement investigating his son's death because they have not arrested the shooter.

      "It's a shame that he's [Trayvon] not getting any justice. We're not, as a family, getting any closure," the elder Martin said. "I feel betrayed by the Sanford Police Department and there's no way that I can still trust them in investigating this crime."

    17. 3 people say they believe Trayvon Martin cried for help before he was shot

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Three witnesses contacted by The Miami Herald say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Miami Gardens teenager’s killing. All three said they heard the last howl for help from a despondent boy, and believe the sequence of sounds shatters the notion that Trayvon was killed in self defense.

      As the controversy grows, so does the number of voices disputing the official version that watch captain George Zimmerman gave to police: that the 6-foot, 3-inch, 140-pound teen assaulted him when Zimmerman, 28, tried to question him.

    18. Reached 200,000 signatures
    19. Witness: Sanford police "Blew us off" in teen slaying

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Sanford Police said there was not enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman.

      However, witness Mary Cutcher said she knew the truth. Cutcher said police only took a two or three sentence statement from her, but it took about 30 minutes to tell WFTV the story.

      "The cries stopped as soon as the gun went off, so I know it was the little boy," Cutcher said.

      "Blew us off, and I called him back again and I said, "I know this was not self-defense. There was no punching, no hitting going on at the time, no wrestling,'" Cutcher said.

    20. Reached 100,000 signatures
    21. Fla. State Attorney to take over investigation into Trayvon Martin's fatal

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      (CBS/AP) Sanford, Fla.- A Florida police chief said Monday that the investigation into the killing of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch leader was wrapping up and would be turned over to the State Attorney's Office on Tuesday.

      Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee held a news conference on Monday to announce the completion of their investigation, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.

      The State Attorney will now have to whether to criminally charge George Zimmerman in the 17-year-old's fatal shooting, reports local station WESH.

    22. Orlando Watch Shooting Probe Reveals Questionable Police Conduct

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      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.

    23. Reached 15,000 signatures
    24. Local news report

      Kevin Cunningham
      Petition Organiser

      Family holds a press conference demanding justice.

    25. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Patricia Anderson EAST PALO ALTO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      I have a 17 year old Son, and I am devastated, and afraid for him to go anywhere except the school he attends, and with know Family or Friends. Zimmerman disobeyed a direct order from police to NOT approach Treyvon! He not only approached and KILLED this child, he had self inflicted injuries to cover up what all he did to this Baby!!

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    • Stan Johnston KENORA, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      Here in Canada we think of the Martin family every day.

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    • Stan Johnston KENORA, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      The blatant murder of a teenager and the cowardice shown by this jury.

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    • Erin Miller NEW BERLIN, WI
      • 10 months ago

      The petition is over, and Trayvon's case has received immense national attention. But make no mistake. He did not receive justice. Black boys and girls are still valued less by our society than white boys and girls. Racism is *not* a thing of the past. The consequences of history are still here, and we keep perpetrating the many of the same injustices today. We have not learned. Keep fighting for equality, and know racism is systemic. Not simply obvious,abuse of black person by an individual.

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    • Zev Berkovich WOODBRIDGE, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      I signed the petition, way back, and think it was important that this issue went to trial. Now, having put Zimmerman on trial for what happened, the results show that he was acting in self defense, and found innocent. Unfortunately, Trayvon chose to act in a violent manner, and paid the consequences for his actions.

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