Just six years ago, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on his way home in Sanford, Florida—a can of fruit juice cocktail in one hand, a bag of Skittles in the other. On one side, you had Zimmerman who hid behind Florida’s infamous stand your ground law as a reasoning for his actions. On the other, Trayvon, the teenager without the ability to defend himself was vilified by the defense. The resulting trial and acquittal of Zimmerman went on to spur a national debate around racism and gun violence, giving rise to a Black Lives Matter-tier of social awareness but left Trayvon’s parents understandably unsatisfied.
In response to it all, a new BET docuseries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story—partly based on the 2017 book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin written by Trayvon’s parents—looks to reexamine the details (forensics, the media, the prosecution) by placing a magnifying glass on the country’s treatment of Trayvon, his parents, and black America through retrospectives, historical contrast, and pundit reaction.