Michael Dunn  looks back into the courtroom from the holding area after the verdicts were announced in his trial in Jacksonville, Florida. Photograph: Reuters/Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union

Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software developer, pulled into a petrol station in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 23rd, 2012, after leaving hi(...)

George Zimmerman is seen in a booking photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department in Sanford, Florida, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters
George Zimmerman charged with assault
  • US
  • November 19, 2013, 07:08

The former neighbourhood watch volunteer cleared of murder after shooting dead an unarmed black teenager has been charged with assault after his girlf(...)

Caterina De Quesada and other supporters of Trayvon Martin protest in front of Florida senator Marco Rubio’s last April office to ask him to retract his support for Florida’s “stand your ground” gun law. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Prosecutors in Michigan are coming under mounting pressure to charge a homeowner who shot and killed an unarmed black woman on his porch as she was se(...)

Daniel Smith, who was at the March on Washington when Martin Luther King made his “I have a dream” speech in 1963. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Fifty years ago Washington DC had braced itself for the worst. The day before the March on Washington, the District of Columbia cancelled sales of alc(...)

The Rev Al Sharpton (second right) links arms with Georgia Democratic representative John Lewis next to Martin Luther King III (right) as they begin to march.  Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington yesterday commemorating the 50th anniversary of his “I Have a Dre(...)

Opponents of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy join members of the New York City Council at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling this week that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is tantamount to racial profiling has whipped up much debate. But(...)

Demonstrators march to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in Beverly Hills, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Trayvon Martin’s parents were due to lead demonstrations in New York and Miami today, as protesters across the country rallied to express anger over (...)

Florida free: a demonstration supporting Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

In 2010, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, fired a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband during a row at her home, in Florida,(...)

Making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room, US president Barack Obama spoke in personal terms about the experience of being a black man in the US. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Barack Obama jumped into the debate over the acquittal of the man who killed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, declaring that Martin “c(...)

Rev Al Sharpton (centre), president of the National Action Network,  during a news conference outside the US Justice Department in Washington yesterday discussing planned “Justice for Trayvon” vigils in 100 cities across the US this weekend. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

An angry backlash has forced a juror in the George Zimmerman murder case to abandon plans to write a book about her experience, as activists at the(...)