I was going back and forth, debating on whether I should write about the senseless murder of an innocent boy, Trayvon Martin. But I realized that I needed to do something constructive with what I'm processing right now. If truth be told, the more I read about it, the sadder and angrier I become.
For those of you who have not heard about this story, here is a brief synopsis from The Huffington Post:
Martin, 17, a high school junior who lived with his mother in Miami, was visiting his father and stepmother at their home in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, on the weekend of Feb. 26. During halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, Martin's family said he walked to a nearby convenience store to get some candy for his younger brother. On his way back home, according to reports, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old college student and self-appointed captain of The Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood watch.Zimmerman, armed with a 9mm handgun, trailed the boy in his car. At some point, Zimmerman called 911, telling the operator there was a "suspicious person in the area," according to a police report acquired by HuffPost.Not long after the call, some sort of altercation ensued between Zimmerman and Martin. Then neighbors said they heard gunfire.
The Sanford Police arrived and found Martin lying face down on a patch of grass about 70 feet from his family's home, a pack of candy in one pocket and an iced tea in the other.
Sobering isn't it? First of all, you may be wondering as I did, how Zimmerman had a loaded 9mm handgun in the first place?(...) According to reports, Zimmerman's gun was legal and he has claimed to authorities that he shot Martin in self-defense. Crump, the family's attorney, described Zimmerman as a "loose cannon" and questioned why any neighborhood watchman would be carrying a loaded gun. He has asked law enforcement authorities to turn over recordings of the call to 911 that Zimmerman made the night of the shooting, in the hopes that it might shed some light on the incident. Crump said if the recordings are not given to the family, he will file a public records lawsuit on their behalf. According to reports, Zimmerman's gun was legal and he has claimed to authorities that he shot Martin in self-defense.
The State of Florida has a version of a "Shoot First" law which allows you to shoot someone if you feel threatened and exempt you from being charged with murder. [http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-691124.html]
As stated above, according to reports, Zimmerman's gun was legal and he claims he shot Martin in self-defense.
Self-defense? Please look carefully at Trayvon's photo above. Now look at Zimmerman's photo below. Does the guy below look like he would need to defend himself from a boy half his age and half his size?
Zimmerman was carrying a loaded 9mm handgun while Trayvon was carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of Ice Tea. Now how in the world does Zimmerman claim he killed Trayvon in self-defense? Furthermore, how can he claim Trayvon looked "suspicious" in the first place? Does Trayvon look like a boy anyone needs to be "suspicious" of?
I do not need to be in law enforcement to deduct that there is something grossly wrong with this picture.
However, the Sanford police didn't seem to think so when they released Zimmerman after he admitted to killing Trayvon. He was released because he claimed it was self-defense. Meanwhile, Trayvon didn't own or carry a gun.
But that doesn't seem to matter to the police as they are taking Zimmerman's word for it. Hellooooo... the guy just shot and killed a human being!! On this premise alone, Zimmerman should have been kept in police custody and not released. You just don't go around killing innocent people on "suspicion" and/or claiming self-defense? As it is, Zimmerman didn't even adhere to proper protocol when the 911 dispatch operator advised him not to follow Trayvon. So why would they release, and not arrest someone who murdered another human being without evaluating all the facts and evidence first? It just doesn't make logical sense to me.
I honestly feel for the parents, family and friends of Trayvon Martin. I also feel for the neighbors who heard Trayvon desperately screaming for help until a gunshot was heard, silencing his voice forever.
It's just another tragic story of a senseless murder of a child. I pray that the truth is exposed and justice prevails.
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