The Day After George Zimmerman Gets Charged, Trayvon Martin’s Mother Says Incident Was an “Accident”

Here is an interesting interview from this morning, where Sybrina Fulton tells the "Today Show" that the death of her son Trayvon Martin was an "accident." She also said that anyone who commits an act like this should show true remorse. Last night, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

What do you think of the interview?

Tonight at Sanford City Commissioners Meeting: “The Whole World Is Watching”

Just one month after the death of Trayvon Martin, the city of Sanford, FL is now part of the Internet's global consciousness, and it is probably a consequence that the city's leaders had no idea would happen. But in the world of new media, where news is socially shared, dissected, forwarded and consumed in clicks, tweets, and status updates, this is no longer a story for just a few reporters and television networks.

Tonight at a city commissioners meeting (once a place reserved for mundane municipal issues), Martin's family, accompanied by civil rights leaders, politicians, and supporters, delivered what they said were over 2 million signatures and demanded that the city arrest George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin on February 26.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

"The whole world is watching Sanford," Jackson said. "The whole world is watching Florida today."

A line of speakers, including U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, echoed Jackson's message. The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a petition he said had 2 million signatures on it demanding Zimmerman's arrest.

Sharpton said the following: "You are risking going down as the Birmingham and Selma of the 21st century." In addition, other speakers called to a repeal of Florida's Stand Your Ground law, and according to the Sentinel, the city's commissioners did not take any action, but Mayor Jeff Triplett said that another public comment meeting will happen in two weeks. The Sentinel reported that Triplett said, "We are in the pursuit of truth and justice."

The newspaper also reported comments made by Martin's father, Tracy Martin, and mother, Sybrina Fulton:

"We're not asking for an eye for an eye. We're asking for justice, justice, justice," Tracy Martin said.

"I know I cannot bring my baby back," Fulton said. "But I'm sure going to make changes so that this doesn't happen to another family."

The Sentinel also reported that Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson made note that tonight's crowd outside the meeting was peaceful and nonviolent: "If you are not here to be in peace, you are not welcome." 

Martin’s Mother: “They’ve Killed My Son, and Now They’re Trying to Kill His Reputation”

As developments continue to be reported by The Associated Press and other outlets about the killing of Trayvon Martin, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to reporters today.

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"Even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and I feel that is a shame."

"They've killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation"

The Rev. Al Sharpton also weighed in:

"As much as it will hurt, they will try to make your son a junkie, a thief, assaulter, everything else before this is over. If you want to discuss something relevant, discuss what Zimmerman might have had in his system. Discuss his past. "Why are we asking about what Trayvon is capable of, when you have records of Zimmerman assaulting law officers? You have domestic violence. No one asked his lawyer about his character that has been documented. He has the record of violence. … So why are we going out of our way to try and create something in Trayvon's background when you have documented stuff in Zimmerman's background and won't even question his attorney about it? Let's not play this double standard of trying to demonize who is dead and sanitize who was the cause of the death."

Our orginal report erronously aattributes the quote to Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father and not Sybrina Fulton. We have since corrected it.