Trayvon Martin: Sorry, the First Murder Is Free of Charge [Addicting Info]
Interestingly enough, the Sanford police saw no reason to arrest Zimmerman, who admitted he just gunned down an unarmed kid on the street walking home from a convenience store. Evidently Mr. Zimmerman is well-respected, has a background in criminal justice. Says Chief Lee,”It’s not like he went out there looking to shoot somebody.”
HELLOOOOO! He did shoot somebody.
According to the Huffington Post, Trayvon’s dad, Tracey Martin asked the police why Zimmerman hadn’t been arrested. He says the officers told him “they respected [Zimmerman's] background, that he studied criminal justice for four years and that he was squeaky clean.”
“My question to them was, did they run my child’s background check? They said yes. I asked them what they came up with, and they said nothing. So I asked if Zimmerman having a clean record, did that give him the right to shoot and kill an unarmed kid?”
The police have questioned Zimmerman twice in the two weeks since Trayvon’s murder, but no charges have been filed. The most recent update from Chief Lee is that there is insufficient evidence to arrest Mr. Zimmerman. After all, he had a bloody nose and grass stains on his shirt.
Racism Killed Trayvon Martin [Raving Black Lunatic]
You may have heard the name already. If you haven’t, it’s the name of the latest victim of America’s racism. Because while it may have been Neighborhood Watch Commando George Zimmerman who shot and killed Martin as the boy walked back to his father’s Florida home, it was racism that was truly responsible. The racism that is so deeply embedded into the psyche of so many Americans that it makes it only smart for every black person to constantly keep their head on a swivel.
Martin died because black boys are suspicious. They are suspicious, they are dangerous, they are frightening, they are criminal, they are evil. That’s what racism teaches us. Black boys in a neighborhood with white people are a clear sign that something is wrong. Black boys deserve to be questioned, they deserve to be confronted and ultimately, they deserve to die.
If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been paying attention. You haven’t looked behind the thin veneer of proactive policing and “stop and frisk” to see the ugly truth. Just being black is probable cause. It is an indelible brand that marks you as a deviant. You have been identified, cataloged and eventually you will be put in your place. Trayvon Martin was put in his place for sure. He was killed on a sidewalk despite being unarmed, despite being in the neighborhood where his father lived, and despite having just as much right to American air as any other citizen. And the 25-year old man who shot and killed him in cold blood was set free by police.
Trayvon Martin’s Family Calls For Arrest Of Man Who Police Say Confessed To Shooting [HuffPost/BlackVoices]
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.
Trayvon Martin Case Moves To State Attorney’s Office [WESH.com]
Attorney Natalie Jackson, who is representing Martin’s family, said Zimmerman, 25, should be arrested and charged with the 17-year-old’s death.
“In this case, Mr. Zimmerman has made the argument of self-defense,” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said. “We don’t have the grounds to arrest him.”
The family says they want justice.
“My son left Sanford, Fla., in a body bag,” said Martin’s father, Tracy Martin. “While George Zimmerman went home to to go to sleep in his own bed. It’s senseless and the police in Sanford, Fla., isn’t giving any answers and we actually feel that justice hasn’t been served and isn’t being served.”
Jackson said Martin was unarmed while walking back to his father’s home from a convenience store. He was carrying a bag with skittles and iced tea inside. When Zimmerman spotted him, he called 911 to report a “suspicious-looking” person.
According to the family’s attorney, Zimmerman then disregarded a 911 operator’s instructions not to approach the teen. Martin was shot and killed in the ensuing confrontation.