George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder, after he fatally shot a then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012.
The case would become highly publicized as the incident highlighted racial disparities within many communities, and how Black children are often perceived as threatening and dangerous.
At the beginning of this year, Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company announced they would be creating a 6-part docuseries, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” that would chronicle the life of Trayvon through his shooting by Zimmerman and the eventual acquittal. The documentary is set up in the same way they covered the life, arrest, jail time, and suicide of Kalief Browder.
During the shooting of the production, Zimmerman alleged to The Blast that a production team showed up unexpectedly to his home and “harassed” members of his family for on-camera interviews. His ex-wife was also paid to partake in the documentary, due to all of this, Zimmerman has threatened to “beat Jay-Z” and feed him to “an alligator.”
He told the publication, “I know how to handle people who f**k with me, and I have since February 2012,” morbidly referencing the night he fought and killed Trayvon.
The overall fate of the docuseries is currently in limbo due to the scandal with Harvey Weinstein.