Talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night, the Martin family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, claimed that Trayvon Martin “was fighting for his life” on the night he was killed. “Let’s not forget that Trayvon Martin was fighting a man with a 9-millimeter gun,” he added. “We also have to remember that he didn’t start this fight. George Zimmerman got out of his car and pursued Trayvon Martin.”
Despite the widespread rush to judgement, the fact remains that, George Zimmerman aside, nobody really knows what happened. Nonetheless, this marks the first time that anyone associated with the Martin family has suggested that there was a fight — previously such suggestions were strenuously denied — and it comes on the same day that an autopsy revealed that Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died. If there was a fight, it puts to rest the notion that Zimmerman hunted him down in cold blood, as some have suggested. After all, an unarmed person cannot “fight” a “man with a 9-millilmeter gun” for more than a fraction of a second.