Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (Paramount Network) – Premieres 30th July
A documentary the looks at the case of Trayvon Martin, and how his murder caused a public uproar, by highlighting some of the injustices within the US legal system.
The programme begins with the parents of Trayvon talking about his background and the reasons behind how he ended up at his fathers at the time of his death. From there it goes through the evening in question, where along with showing the 911 calls, goes through the sequence of events that resulted in his murder.
After that, the programme brings in interviews of the some of the police force that worked the case, along with the legal representatives of both sides. They then explain how the legal side of the case was hindered, highlighting Floridas Stand Your Ground laws as the stalling point to arrest George Zimmerman.
This leads to Martins family hiring Benjamin Crump to help with them get justice with Zimmermans arrest. Ending up with the case getting national coverage and becoming the start of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The programme is a solid documentary, that shows some of the major inefficiencies of the US legal system. Altogether it’s an interesting bit of viewing.