Certain right-wing commentators, including Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, Sean Hannity and many conservative radio talk show hosts, are attempting to attack the victim, Trayvon Martin, by bringing up stories from his past. Friends of the shooter, George Zimmerman, are saying Trayvon Martin attacked him, breaking his nose and slamming his head to the ground; but a new police video of Zimmerman from the night of the shooting shows no blood and no bruises.
We are now learning that the lead Sanford, Florida police investigator in the case wanted to file manslaughter charges on the night of the shooting, but the Florida district attorney refused to do so.
Roland Martin was in Sanford on Monday to host a large crowd at a forum on the legal issues involved. Trayvon Martin’s parents were there taking it all in. Later, thousands of people met at a Sanford city council meeting called to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. There wasn’t enough room in the civic auditorium there, so people gathered in a park nearby, and some of them told us what Trayvon Martin means to them.
Plus, Janaye Ingram, D.C. bureau chief for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network; Brandon Andrews, legislative aide for Oklahoma Republican senator Jim Inhofe; and Mikael Moore, chief of staff for Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California joined Roland Martin on the set of Washington Watch to discuss the Trayvon Martin case.