Trayvon Martin’s Death and Freedom of Shooter Leaves More Questions Than Answers
Perhaps you have haven’t heard about the 17 year old teen named Trayvon Martin that was shot dead the other day in Florida, so I feel empelled to share the story. Unlike the death of Robert Champion, a student of FAMU who’s murder flooded news, radio stations and papers, Trayvon’s case yet still fresh -seems not too have had the same leway so far when it comes to public outcry and attention.
On February 26th, the young man was shot by a George Zimmerman, 28 years old who was out patrolling the gated community that Trayvon’s father and his fiance’ lives in. Zimmerman called non emergency before the shooting to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood.
Via the Orlando Sentinel:
According to an incident report, Zimmerman, 28, called police that night, reporting that he saw a suspicious person. Sanford police dispatched a patrol car, but before that officer arrived, other 911 callers began to phone the agency, complaining of a fight.
Zimmerman was taken into custody but was released. His nose was bloody, and officers spotted blood on the back of his head as well as grass on the back of his shirt, according to the incident report.
The Martin family’s lawyers, Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson, have filed suit in Sanford, asking a judge to order the police department to release its 911 recordings.
Trayvon was walking from a 7-Eleven to the apartment of his father’s fiance, a home he had visited before, with a package of Skittles in his pocket when Zimmerman spotted him. The teenager was slain about 70 feet from the apartment where he was headed, both sides agree. [read more]
But that’s basically were the agreement ends… family are upset and demanding answers to why a person who shot their son in broad daylight is still free. I also have a couple of questions for Sandford law enforcement… starting with what evidence do they need to arrest the shooter of Trayvon Martin? And, am I to assume that anyone can claim ‘self defense’ after shooting another and get away with it in that county?
Hmm…. Such a sad situation. Your thoughts?
photo source: Facebook/ story source: Orlando Sentinel
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