During the last hour of Trayvon Martin's life, he had just bought some candy and a can of tea from a local store and was passing through the neighborhood where Zimmerman lived, apparently looking at residences as he passed them. Possibly due to the weather, Martin had raised the hood of his pullover, covering his head and partially obscuring his face. While similar articles of clothing have been in use since the Middle Ages, hooded pullovers (hoodies) are now perceived as popular among members of youth gangs.
Zimmerman's lawyer also told falsehoods about the case. After condemning others for telling falsehoods, the lawyer exaggerated Martin's actual height by three inches. (video)
The infamous demagogues such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have grandstanded in this matter.