Forty-five days after killing the unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman has been detained and charged with second-degree murder in Florida. Announcing the charges Wednesday evening, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey insisted that public outcry had nothing to do with Zimmerman’s arrest.
Angela Corey: “I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly. This case is like a lot of the difficult cases we have handled for years here in our circuit. And we made this decision in the same manner. Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. We prosecute based on the facts of any given case, as well as the laws of the state of Florida.”
The charges against Zimmerman carry a minimum of 25 years. Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who has campaigned tirelessly for Zimmerman’s arrest, welcomed the charges.
Sybrina Fulton: “We wanted nothing more, nothing less. We just wanted an arrest, and we got it. And I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus. Secondly, I just want to speak from my heart to your heart, because a heart has no color. It’s not black, it’s not white; it’s red. And I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart.”