The Zimmerman case refers to the trial of George Zimmerman, a man who shot Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenage boy, in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. It received national media attention due to the involvement of race in the case.
The night that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, George Zimmerman was serving as the neighborhood watchman for his community. He called 911, and he reported seeing a suspicious person in the neighborhood. The 911 operator advised Zimmerman not to leave his SUV, but he disregarded the instructions and followed the person, who was Martin. Zimmerman shot Martin, claiming that it was self defense. On July 13, 2013, a six-woman jury returned a not guilty verdict for Zimmerman.