Unarmed Black Teen Killed By White Neighborhood Watch Leader
This is such a sad story: the senseless murder of a high school junior in Florida.
On the evening of February 26, Trayvon Martin, 17, of Miami, FL, was visiting his father in a gated community near Orlando, FL, when he left during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game to get a bag of Skittles for his younger brother.
When Martin returned into the community, with the candy and a soda, Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman, 28, began to trail him.
According to police reports, Zimmerman called the police when he saw Martin in the neighborhood and reported the teen as a suspicious person. According to WKMG, a 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman that officers were on the way and not to interfere. Obviously he did not listen and somehow wound up in a fight with Martin.
When police arrived, they found Martin dead. According to Zimmerman, the shooting was in self-defense, even though the teen was unarmed.
Yet even though it’s clear that he shot the unarmed black boy, Zimmerman, who is white, has not been arrested or charged in the death of Martin.
The family of the dead teenager is outraged and are demanding that tapes from 911 calls made by neighbors be released to help piece together what happened before, during and after the incident.
“I’m looking for justice for my family,” says Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father. “I want answers but I don’t have any to give, not for his mother, his brothers or sisters. We don’t have nothing, but we want answers.”
Neighbors are just as upset that no arrests have been made. Police are saying they need time to conduct a proper and “fair” investigation.
You can watch interviews with Martin’s family here.
The police chief said residents upset by the lack of an arrest so far should wait until the investigation is completed. The State Attorney’s office will then decide whether to present it to a grand jury.
It is outrageous that so far no one has been charged in the death of an innocent child, over two weeks ago.
Furthermore, why did Zimmerman, as leader of the neighborhood watch force, need to carry a gun?
And another question: if the situation were reversed, and Martin had shot and killed Zimmerman, don’t you think they would have arrested Martin immediately?
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