Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin Speak Out on Verdict

The parents of Trayvon Martin appeared on several morning TV shows in their first public appearance since George Zimmerman's acquittal.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin on the Today show (screenshot)
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin on the Today show (screenshot)

Update: Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton did a tour of the network morning shows on Thursday, expressing shock and disbelief that a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of their unarmed 17-year-old son, ABC News reports. It was the first time they’ve appeared in public since the verdict was announced on Saturday.

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Tracy Martin said he felt the jury did not get a chance to get to know the teen. “They didn’t know him as a human being,” he said.

Martin’s parents said they still believe Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, racially profiled their son.

“Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, that’s some kind of profiling,” Martin said. “Was he racially profiled? I think if Trayvon had been white, this never would have happened.” …

Fulton told “CBS This Morning” her son was not a burglar.

“He simply went to the store and was headed back home,” she said. “And for somebody to look at him and perceive that he was a burglar, that was the problem that initiated everything.”

Trayvon’s parents also appeared with their attorney, Benjamin Crump, on ABC’s The View. Fulton explained that their legal team advised them not to be present in the courtroom when the verdict was read because of “emotions.” “We thought about it and decided that that was best. Either way we didn’t want to be there because we didn’t feel like we could remain quiet in either case,” she added.

Read more at ABC News.