George Zimmerman was criminally charged today with 2nd degree murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin after 45 days of protesting from concerned Americans.
Zimmerman is being held without bail at an undisclosed location for his safety.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, followed and pursed unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. when Trayvon was visiting his father in a gated community. That night Trayvon ran to the store for his little brother for some candy. Zimmerman was on his way to the supermarket when he stopped to report a young black male acting suspiciously, possibly on drugs, he said.
The police dispatcher asked Zimmerman whether he was following the youth. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher told him: “We don’t need you to do that.” Moments later, Zimmerman — armed with a 9-millimeter weapon — got out of his car. Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon in self defense.
Trayvon Martin had a bag of skittles and arizona ice tea on him when he died and laid lifeless on the ground.
Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey spoke with Sybrina Martin moments before she announced the charges against Zimmerman at a news conference in Jacksonville, FL. Corey told the room full of reporters:
“We have charged George Zimmerman charged with murder in the 2nd degree and he is in custody.”
Corey continued saying:
“We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. And it is the search for justice for Trayvon that has led us to this moment.”