By Dennis Loo (4/11/12) 4:39 PM PST
Special prosecutor Angela Corey announced within the hour that she is charging Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, with second-degree murder.
It took 46 days for this to happen.
The original prosecutor, state attorney Norm Wolfinger, refused to charge Zimmerman, despite Zimmerman's confession that he shot and killed Trayvon and the fact that Travyon was engaged in nothing suspicious at the time other than walking while black. Wolfinger was asked to step aside by Governor Rick Scott after numerous marches and press conferences called on behalf of and by Trayvon's parents and in outrage at Trayvon's murder and the failure of authorities to act against his killer and after the incident became a national news story.
Let there be no mistake: Angela Corey would not have been brought in, she would not have brought charges, and Zimmerman would still be roaming free if people had not acted in very public ways to call attention to this terrible miscarriage of justice - articles that were written, marches that people called and participated in, and the coverage that resulted from those efforts.
Those public actions - such as demonstrations and articles - need to continue for there to be any chance at all for Zimmerman to be convicted.