On the Today show this morning, we heard from Trayvon Martin‘s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, for the first time since the announcement of George Zimmerman‘s second degree murder charges. Sybrina didn’t seem at all shy in stating that she thinks that her son’s death was an accident. But in response to the speculation that Zimmerman is being tried in the court of public opinion, Martin wagged a very firm finger at the police who fumbled the original investigation.
The mourning father said:
“First and foremost, I think had the Sanford police department did a thorough and impartial investigation from the beginning, George Zimmerman would have been locked up from day one and there wouldn’t have been such a huge public outcry for the arrest.”
His comments come on the heels of special prosecuter Angela Corey telling reporters yesterday that the decision to charge Zimmerman “didn’t take long ” — an exaggeration if I ever did hear one. Had there been no “huge public outcry,” Zimmerman would have gone uncharged and walked free from the crime scene of an unarmed kid. The mere fact that these parents had to push back so strongly to get anyone to consider their son’s death as criminal speaks volumes about where exactly that bias rests.