Trayvon Martin: Unarmed black kid shot for walking in wrong neighbourhood. His killer must be prosecuted.
UPDATE: Mar 19, 2011
It's surprising to me how, only yesterday, after FBI and Justice department decided to wade it, do we get an account of Zimmerman's claim of self-defense. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/19/2703029/us-department-of-justice-fbi-and.html "Zimmerman said he had stepped out of his truck to check the name of the street he was on when Trayvon attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck, police said. He said he feared for his life and fired the semiautomatic handgun he was licensed to carry because he feared for his life.". Come on ... this doesn't even add up with the 911 recording which the police have. And they let him go? In the 911 recording, he gets out of his car and goes after Trayvon, and ends up killing him in someone's backyard. This doesn't even sound like "stopping at a street corner to check the street name". The Sanford police seems extremely complicit in a cover-up, when an innocent life was taken. Man, I love Miami ... but FL is looking real scary now.
I hope many of you have read about the case of a lil young black kid (Trayvon Martin: 140 lbs, 17 years old, unarmed, with a bag of skittles and a can of soda) who was shot in the chest by George Zimmerman (a 240lb, 28 year old, armed with a gun), for acting suspiciously in his neighbourhood. The victim’s crime was that he was walking in a community where he was not expected to be. George followed Trayvon in his car, called cops about suspicious person in his neighbourhood, cops asked him to stand down and they would dispatch an officer, he didn’t and confonted Trayvon, a confrontation ensued, ending in Trayvon being shot in the chest. George claims self-defense, against a kid 11 years younger and 100 pounds lighter with only a bag of skittles and a can of soda, even though George was the armed aggressor who followed a pedestrain in his car?
I’ve been in contact with the police department via email, and the police chief, Bill Lee has responded with the standard “we know more in the investigation, and I understand your concerns”.
I think it’s a travesty that, 2 weeks later, the killer has not been arrested. The cops even “allegedly” coached the killer in his statement by asking leading questions, and had witnesses changing their story.
Even after 2 weeks, the cops cannot say why this is a case of self-defense, just responding that “the killer has made a statement of self-defense, and we have to go with that unless we have proof otherwise”.
There’s so many things wrong with this story, but as usual, please research it yourself and if you feel that you should, sign the petition on change.org. It’s short of the goal of 35,000 signatures (accrued about 28,000 now). Also, share this with your social network, and let’s hopefully stop something like this from happening ever again. We all have to start putting more value on human life.