"It's the gun," actor, comedian, and sometime social commentator Bill Cosby said when asked about possible racial implications in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, whose killing sparked a widespread demand for the arrest and prosecution of the shooter, neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman. After more than six weeks of controversy, Zimmerman last week was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the unarmed teenager in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. In an interview aired on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, Cosby was asked it he believed race had been a motivating factor in the shooting of Martin, an African-American, by Zimmerman, a Hispanic.
Prosecutors in the case against George Zimmerman charged him with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin and released an affidavit explaining the grounds for their charges.
The special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin has charged the shooter, George Zimmerman (left), with second-degree murder, according to news reports.
Zimmerman, who went into hiding with his family after members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) put a bounty on his head, turned himself in after Angela Corey announced the charge.
As controversy continues swirling around the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the family of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, has demanded that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder explain why he has not pursued charges against the New Black Panther Party, which put a bounty on Zimmerman’s head and is now threatening to start a “race war.”
As the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida continues to dominate headlines around the world, United Nations “High Commissioner for Human Rights” Navi Pillay publicly demanded an investigation of the incident and the prosecution of shooter George Zimmerman. She also expressed concerns about the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that allows would-be victims to defend themselves.