I’m pretty sure that during the days and months immediately following the murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton would not have imagined that Trayvon’s killer would be a free man three years later. But that is indeed the case. Sybrina expressed her disappointment to the Associated Press that federal prosecutors recently decided not to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime for the death of her son.
“He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn’t deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he’s done…”
The United States Department of Justice made it’s announced earlier this week that it found insufficient evidence to establish that George Zimmerman willfully deprived Trayvon Martin of his civil rights or that the killing was racially motivated.
Accordingly to Sybrina, the system definitely needs to be tweaked.
“What we want is accountability, we want somebody to be arrested, we want somebody to go to jail, of course,” Fulton said. “But … we have grand juries and special grand juries; they’re making a decision to not even arrest a person.”
Sybrina’s grief has probably been elevated in the wake of the decision, but she is using it to fuel her work with The Trayvon Martin Foundation. The Foundation reaches out to other families who have lost children to violence and provides awards and scholarships and collects school supplies for poor students.
Click here to learn more about The Trayvon Martin Foundation or donate.