Monday, April 2, 2012

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin
     By now I am sure we all have heard something about the killing of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  He was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 by over zealous neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman dialed 911 and reported him as a suspicious person.  He labeled Trayvon Martin suspicious due to that he was wearing a hoodie and, at the time, the only other thing that Zimmerman knew was that the child was black.  There is an audio recording of the 911 operator asking him if he is following Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman says yes.  Then, the operator informs him that the police don't need him to follow Trayvon; nevertheless, Zimmerman continues pursuit of the 17 year-old. 

George Zimmerman is Hispanic and Trayvon Martin is black so the racial dynamics are there.  What happens next is unknown for the most part but the ending is very tragic.  However, there are some facts that stand out.  We know Zimmerman's state of mind because, during the 911 call, he makes a statement that 'THESE assholes always get away'.  What was he referring to? Only he knows for sure.  The ONLY thing that he knew at the time was that the child was black and wore a hoodie.  He didn't see him commit any crime.  What makes him an asshole?  Another thing that we know is that when performing neighborhood watch duty, you are not told or encouraged to carry a gun.  The name in itself says "watch" not shoot!  We also know that Trayvon Martin was unarmed.  So, from what we know, use of a gun should be considered excessive force on an unarmed child.  Zimmerman claims that Trayvon Martin broke his nose and he was scared for his life.  Was that before or after a gun was pulled on Trayvon by who he knew as a stranger?  If he was so scared then why did he pursue an "asshole" especially since he knew the cops were coming?  And furthermore, you mean to tell me a tough guy couldn't beat a 17 year-old child in a fight?  Lastly, we know that after Zimmerman confronted Trayvon Martin and the end result is the child's shooting death.  So far Zimmerman remains a free man.  Playing devil's advocate, let's imagine that Zimmerman was a black man and Trayvon Martin was a white child...

 I know that it's impossible to know but, with all things being even, would a black man, on neighborhood watch, have been arrested for shooting a white child?

Do you believe that Trayvon Martin was racially profiled?

Do you believe that George Zimmerman should have been arrested?

ALL comments are ALWAYS welcome!!!

George Zimmerman

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