After hearing news that their son’s killer was arrested, the parents of Trayvon Martin thanked the Rev. Al Sharpton and the public for their help in assuring the case was properly investigated.
“We wanted an arrest. We wanted nothing more, nothing less. We just wanted an arrest, and we got it. Thank you Jesus,” said Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, at a recent press conference.
Florida authorities had definitively stated that they would not further investigate the shooting death of the teen. However, after Trayvon’s parents and their attorney called on Rev. Al for assistance, a public outcry persuaded the prosecutors to take another look.
“The governor did not make a decision based on public pressure, but they decided to review it based on public pressure,” said Al. “Had there not been pressure, there would not have been a second look. That credit should go to the nameless, faceless people, Black, White, Latino and Asian all over this country who put hoods on and said take another look at this.”
While the arrest of George Zimmerman, the Hispanic man now charged with second degree murder, brought about a sigh of relief for many, Rev. Al warned that a celebration was not warranted.
“We do not want anybody high-fiving tonight. There’s no victory here tonight. There are no winners here. They lost their son. This is not about gloating. This is about pursuing justice. We have not won anything. We are still mourning with this family,” said Rev. Al.
Watch more from the press conference below.
—Tracy L. Scott