msnbc | February 26, 2013
>>> honor trayvon martin who was killed one year ago today. an unarmed black teen was encountered by george zimmerman , an hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in florida . what happened next is a matter of contention ever since. did zimmerman do it in self-defense or act as the result of racial prejudice ? george zimmerman , whose defense fund is still raising cash, awaits for his trial that beginses on june 10th . trayvon's parents will begin for a vigil. joining me now are sabryna fulton and i know this is a tough day for tracy and sabryna. the attention in the case has certainly died down, since the height of it, as we witnessed that we all went through last year. you recently had had an opportunity to reflect on your son's death with jonathan capehart. you said that people in general trying to justify why this adult male went after this teenage, young man. you can't justify it. as you look back, what is justice to you at this point?
>> initially our focus was to get an arrest and that's why they had so many rallies. i think if they initially arrested him for the murder of trayvon martin, we would not have had so many rallies and so much support from people because they were upset because he was not arrested.
>> i think the language of murder is what's being debated and will be debated through the trial and whether or not this was something with the stand your ground law certainly going to be discussed. tracy , you have witnessed how people in many pockets of the country galvanized over this issue about your son's death. i want to play what president obama had to say after the passing of trayvon. take a listen.
>> my main message is to the parents of trayvon martin. you know, if i had a son, he would look like trayvon and i think they are right to expect that all of us as americans are going to take this with the seriousness that it deserves and we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happen gld.
>> tracy , are you concerned that the attention has died down and moved on to other situations, like the newtown massacre?
>> well, as parents of a slain child, we never move on and we'll do our best to keep it in the media and to keep people's attention on it because certainly, even though trayvon is gone, he would definitely not be forgotten. and just to -- every day news breaks and we don't expect trayvon to be the top story every day in the media. but he's definitely the top story in our life. and we took a vow to make sure that his honor and his legacy won't be painted tainted by this whole situation.
>> the trial begins on june 10th . mr. crump, when we look at how it's played out in the media so far, i want to get your take on the stand your grand law. sybrina is pushing for limits for the pursuit or followed. a florida task force has reaffirmed the stand your ground law last week. does that signal to you where the zimmerman defense will go, how it will hold up in court?
>> well, you know, the stand your ground law, nobody talked about it until trayvon was killed and we have to think about how trayvon has changed the situation. everybody in america knows about this controversial law and an act that stand your ground law, we look at that as a plus. if this case does not go to a does not go to a jury where tracy and sabrina can have their right to trial by jury , their day in court, people will be terribly disappointed all across the country because that's all they want is their day in court, and we believe the evidence, once it's presented to the jury, their killer of their son will be convicted.
>> as sabrina mentioned, the original motive for a lot of this attention and seeking justice was just to gain an arrest so that more information could be discovered and the case properly vetted. as we go through this, i just want to point out that we should mention george zimmerman has sued nbc universal for defamiliaration, and the company strongly denies those allegations. allegations, some would argue, that the publicity around this case has hurt both sides. there were negative stories that came out about trayvon, damaging revelations about george zimmerman . mr. parks, i want to get your take on the pictures that show george zimmerman . we showed them earlier in the segment. the bloody head on the night of the shooting and how they're going to be used in the trial itself. is this indicative evidence of the fact that mr. sfwlimerman is telling the truth?
>> well, i think have you to remember on this night trayvon was unarmed, and that's the part i think that all americans must always remember. trayvon was an unarmed teenager. george zimmerman was a man with a gun. in no situation does trayvon have any obligation. it's very clear here he had the right to fight for his life, and that's important.
>> when we talk about the prosecution of florida within your going to be exercising the case itself. they're going to be going up against george zimmerman 's defense attorney , and i mentioned since the death of trayvon, we've had the newtown massacre, and a lot of other gun violence in the country, but mainly we've been talking a lot about urban violence and we've had two young girls with bright futures that were recently gunned down in chicago. we had an article just this week in the washington post that talked about how a community in maryland has been rocked by the deaths of six young teens that were killed in separate incidents. sabrina and tracy , i want to ask you, do you think that urban gun violence is getting the attention that it needs?
>> i think it's not just urban gun violence . i think it's violence in general. senseless gun violence in general. the newtown massacre all the violence that's going on in chicago the people that they are giving gun licenses to and gun permits and letting them go by weapons. newtown massacre, case in point, why would you need a semiautomatic weapon to be hunting? that's -- you know, that's senseless.
>> sabrina , i want to ask you lastly how your family is holding up, and are you ready for the emotional task of what going to trial june 10th means?
>> my family is holding up fairly well. we're leaning on each other. we're leaning on the rest of the family and also friends. i don't know if we are ready emotionally. i think we just are going to take one day at a time and just, you know, thank god for each day.
>> i want to thank all of you for being here. sabrina fulton, tracy martin. we've got benjamin crump and darrell parks. my thanks to all