By now I’m sure that the entire nation is aware of the ignorant crime that took place on February 26 involving the murder of a Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, within a gated community in Sanford, Florida. If you haven’t, then allow me to restate the horrific event. Trayvon had gone to a nearby 7-11 for snacks and was on his way back to the house, where he and his father were visiting family and friends, when he was spotted by 28 year old George Zimmerman, the killer. The neighborhood patrol volunteer had called the police to report a “really suspicious looking guy” prior to shooting 17 year old Martin. He told the dispatcher that Martin “looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.” He described Martin as having his hand on his waistband, carrying an object, and coming towards him. “And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him…These a**holes, they always get away.” So, I guess Trayvon was just guilty of being black.
Despite being told by the dispatcher not to chase him, Zimmerman went after Martin. According to several 911 calls from the neighborhood, the two wrestled and screams for help went out from one of the two. Then after a single shot, Martin lay on the ground, dead. The object in his hands were a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.
The law, which extended the “castle doctrine” allowing residents to shoot would-be burglars or intruders entering their homes, gives legal protection to anyone, anywhere, to use deadly force in a case where a person is attacked and believes his life or safety is in danger. One of the law’s legislative sponsors said it was partly motivated by a rash of looting and theft after a series of hurricanes hit Florida in 2005.
Dubbed the “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later” law by critics, the statute extends even beyond self-defense and is seen by some as encouraging vigilante justice.
“A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity … has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony,” the law says.
Since the incident, a controversy has ensued over whether the Sanford Police Department is protecting Zimmerman, as Martin’s family’s lawyers are charging, or whether he acted appropriately under Florida’s concealed carry gun laws and through the state’s “stand your ground” laws, which allow residents to use deadly force against a threat without trying to retreat. What is known is that Zimmerman was not tested for alcohol or drugs, customary police procedure after a shooting. Moreover, several witnesses have come forward saying Martin could be heard on the 911 tapes screaming for help.
So, if he was screaming for help then why didn’t anyone help? And now that this teen is gone, why is the murderer still walking free? This in my opinion is another case of a failed justice system when it comes to non-whites. It’s quite sad to see that even in 2012 racism still exists, and it’s like no matter how much time passes it’ll still be in existence because hate continues when its simply ignored.
This was definitely a hate crime carried out by an ignorant and psychotic person. Trayvon didn’t do anything wrong and just like that his life was taken away. My heart goes out to the Martins and I just want to say that this doesn’t only affect the family and friends but it affects us all as human beings. I sincerely hope that this bastard gets his just punishment and if the law doesn’t do its part then I’m more than positive that God will. That’s just my opinion on this matter.
What do you think, was it self-defense or racism?