As tensions continue to swirl around the ongoing Trayvon Martin case, influential figures are also weighing in on the controversial investigation. Comedian and activist Bill Cosby is the latest celebrity to speak out about the fatal February 26 shooting between George Zimmerman and Martin.
In speaking with the Washington Times, Cosby questioned Zimmerman’s intent on carrying a loaded gun as a neighborhood watchman.
"We've got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch," he said."Without a gun, I don't see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself. The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations…When you carry a gun, you mean to harm somebody, kill somebody," he added.
In addition to the award-winning actor’s recent comments, five-time NBA champion and entrepreneur Magic Johnson also expressed to CNN that he hopes justice is served in the case.
“All of us are still wondering what’s going to happen. Here in America we’re still dealing with situations like this,” Johnson explained. “It’s very unfortunate, because also a lot of us have sons. Sons who wear hoodies and caps turned backward, and they’re not doing anything. That’s the fashion of today.
“And so, it could really happen to our sons. That’s what the NBA players are thinking, that’s what I’m thinking. I hope that justice is served and I hope that they get down to making sure they have a thorough investigation…The black community has seen days like this so many times,” he added.
State Attorney, Angela B. Corey’s decision to file charges against Zimmerman are currently pending.