In the latest of several eyewitness reports from the Trayvon Martin shooting, a woman named Mary Cutcher has come forward.
In an interview airing on Dateline Sunday, Cutcher said that she and her roommate ran outside after hearing the shot. Then, they saw George Zimmerman holding Trayvon Martin’s face on the ground. “He never tried to help,” she said.
Cutcher’s account paints a drastically different picture than that of another eyewitness who came forward yesterday. The individual, who prefers to remain unnamed, claims that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman before he was shot. Joe Oliver, George Zimmerman’s longtime friend, has also been appearing on television programs to say that Zimmerman is not a racist, but cannot stop crying and is afraid for his life.
New reports from the New York Post are also shedding light on Zimmerman’s character. The Post writes that Zimmerman wanted to join the police force, but didn’t make it. Instead he “played the part” in his community, “[calling] the police at least 46 times within the last year – many of those times [to] report ‘suspicious’ African-Americans within the subdivision.”
Trayvon Martin’s shooting has caused mass outrage throughout the nation.
Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd of 1,600 at a Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida Sunday, where he asked, “How do we go from a moment to a movement that creates fundamental change? If it’s a moment, we go home. If it’s a movement, we go to war.”
He continued by saying “there is power in the blood of the innocent” and compared Trayvon Martin’s death to Emmett Till’s in 1955. “Blacks are under attack,” he said.
The Daily Mail continues:
On Saturday, protesters gathered in New York bolstered by campaigners from Occupy Wall Street, and marched from Zuccotti Park to Union Square, with many activists dressed in hoodies to represent the clothes Martin was wearing when he was shot dead by George Zimmerman.
Meanwhile, the Rev Al Sharpton said today that activists are planning a ‘wave of civil disobedience.’
Speaking outside of his New York City headquarters today, Rev Sharpton said that it is important to show ‘sustained indignation’ over Martin’s death.
He also appeared on the Today show this morning and said that the legal system failed Trayvon Martin and his family.
Mr. Zimmerman’s legal advisor, Craig Sonner, said that more information will be released when the case comes forward on April 10.