Buttigieg and Warren are battling for crucial African American votes in the race for the Democratic White House nomination.
According to the lawsuit, Warren and Buttigieg falsely tied Martin’s death to “gun violence,” a term that more appropriately describes the “reckless and indiscriminate use of illegally owned firearms." It also claims the tweets defamed Zimmerman by implying he acted out of racism or white supremacy when he shot Martin.
Who was Trayvon Martin? Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African-American teen who was fatally shot in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Martin was visiting family members who lived in the gated community and had been walking back from a nearby convenience store. He had Skittles and iced tea with him, and no weapon. When Zimmerman had called 911 to report a "suspicious" young man wearing a hoodie, the dispatcher advised him not to leave his car to follow Martin, but he
On Feb. 26, 2012, Martin, 17, attacked Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch volunteer, in a Sanford, Florida, gated community. Martin, who lived in Miami Gardens, was visiting his father.
Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, who was unarmed, and claimed self-defense. More than a year later, a Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder under the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
» PHOTO GALLERY: Courtroom reaction after Zimmerman not-guilty verdict
Zimmerman's trial and acquittal sparked protests and a national debate about race relations. The Justice Department later decided not to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman.
Zimmerman is also suing Martin's family, including the boy's mother, Sybrina Fulton, who is running for a Miami-Dade County commission seat.