Updated Dec 5, 2019

Read: George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin's family for $100M

George Zimmerman in 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a $100 million lawsuit Wednesday against the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old he fatally shot in 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida, the Miami Herald first reported.

Why it matters: The neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of homicide charges in the high-profile criminal case, which inspired the Black Lives Matter movement in which Martin's parents have been leading voices. Now, Zimmerman is suing them, a law enforcement agency and a publishing firm for malicious prosecution and defamation.

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