‘They say that time heals all wounds – it does not’
It’s been six years since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot. After rallies, marches, and protests his high profile death is still remembered as one of the biggest recent injustices in Black American history.
The trailer for a documentary about the teen’s short life and enduring legacy has just been released. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is a six-part unscripted series executive produced by Jay-Z that will air on the Powermount Network this July.
In the 26-second teaser, multiple voices can be heard talking about the case. “I don’t want this to be swept under the rug,” one woman says. “They say that time heals all wounds – it does not,” says another.
His shooter, neighbourhood watch member George Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder for the altercation in February 2012, but was controversially acquitted the next year. He claimed he used the gun in self defense even though he pursued the teen and the only thing police found on Martin’s person were Skittles and juice. The verdict in this case, among with other high profile killings birthed the Black Lives Matter movement.
Zimmerman recently, went after Jay Z accusing him, fellow executive producer Michael Gasparro, and the production team of harassing his family. “I know how to handle people who fuck with me. I have since February 2012,” Zimmerman told the Blast in an interview. “Anyone who fucks with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”
Jay Z’s Rest in Power not only examines the tragedy of Martin's death but also "race, politics, power, money and the criminal justice system."
This is the second documentary the rap mogul has made to highlight specific cases that shed light on major flaws in the American justice system. Last year, he executively produced Time: The Kalief Browder Story which looked at the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of a 16-year-old boy who eventually killed himself upon release.