Six years after his death, Trayvon Martin’s name is known throughout the country as a symbol of social injustice and a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement his killing helped forge.
Yet Trayvon was initially identified by the authorities as a ‘John Doe,’ something that his father, Tracy Martin, still finds unsettling.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed in an altercation with Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012.
It took enormous pressure for the police to release Zimmerman’s 911 calls from that evening, which captured Zimmerman chasing after the hoodie-clad high-schooler, who was armed only with Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea.
It was six weeks before Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted, was arrested after claiming self defense.
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