They continue to make appearances and speak on behalf of their son’s legacy and have dedicated many hours to speaking out against gun violence in America. After the not-guilty verdict in the Sanford, FL courts, African-American civil rights leaders, the national media, parents, teachers and students also spoke out about the case.
The Zimmerman trial was compared to that of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, the murderers of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955. Both men were acquitted and never served time for their crime.
Since the trial, George Zimmerman has been in and out of the courtroom, charged with two incidents of domestic violence and a charge of aggravated assault and criminal mischief. Zimmerman’s girlfriend later recanted her story and asked police to drop the charges. A proposed “celebrity” boxing match between Zimmerman and potentially, the rapper DMX, was cancelled after a public outcry. He remains a free man.