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Teen Trayvon Martin Shot Dead for Holding Skittles & His Shooter Still Walks Free (VIDEO)

by Jeanne Sager on March 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Trayvon MartinPoring through coverage of the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, I've felt like my heart was playing tennis. I can go from wiping tears from my eyes at the horrors of a 17-year-old's death to wrapping my hands into angry fists in seconds. That's what the claims from George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community who admitted to police he shot Trayvon, will do to you.

George Zimmerman's claim that he shot an unarmed kid in self-defense is sounding more and more like a load of hooey. Trayvon is black. George is Hispanic. Trayvon was carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. George was carrying a gun. Trayvon is dead, and George has not been charged.

Huh? Is there a state in the nation where a bag of Skittles is a weapon you have to defend yourself against with deadly force?

The preposterousness of Zimmerman's claims would actually be laughable if this whole case wasn't so unspeakably sad. A child is dead, and the man who is open about the fact that he caused the child's death has yet to be taken to task for it. It's a smack against a justice system where self defense as a reason for the use of deadly force has to be measured carefully against a person's right to live. If this ridiculous case stands without resolution, we're on pretty dangerous footing in America.

Zimmerman's claims from the get-go have been troubling ... at best. A chilling 911 call revealed a man claiming that he saw a "suspicious" guy walking through the neighborhood. He didn't go into specifics, just telling the operator that "he looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something." His reasoning? Trayvon was walking in the rain and looking around. Geez, sounds like any other kid in America who doesn't have a car, doesn't it? Couldn't be because he was a black kid, could it? Hmm.

Then, before noting any criminal activity of any kind, Zimmerman told the 911 operator that "these (unintelligible), they always get away." Really, he hadn't seen Trayvon do a thing, and he'd already labelled him as a criminal. And he followed him! He certainly sounds like someone itching for trouble.

Seems to me like Zimmerman shot his own self defense claims in the foot on that 911 call. He told the 911 operator he didn't know what was in the boy's hands, meaning he didn't have evidence the boy was holding a gun. He was also told by the 911 operator not to follow Trayvon, but he did it anyway. That's not Trayvon's fault. That's his.

Common sense tells us when 911 operators tell us to do something; you listen. They're the experts! Heck when you don't know what someone you've deemed "suspicious" might be carrying, you don't go after them. You call the professionals, and let them take care of it. By George Zimmerman's own admission, nothing done here describes self defense, and letting him walk off is not just an insult to the grief of Trayvon's family but to the integrity of the entire justice system.

Self defense is used in court fairly regularly, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. We need it in a world where you sometimes feel like it isn't your own sense of right and wrong that you question but someone else's. But when it's abused, it sullies the system.

Listen to some of the 911 excerpts yourself below. What do you think should be done to George Zimmerman?

 

 

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  • Rebekah
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    Rebekah

    March 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM
    This is wrong, plain and simple!
  • kick me
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    kick me

    March 19, 2012 at 2:42 PM
    Justice for Trayvon. After they arrest Zimmerman, they need to investigate the police department.
  • jonellg
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    jonellg

    March 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I think AFTER the investigation is finished, justice will be served. 


  • Tommy...
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    TommyAbby

    March 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    This makes me sad. That poor boy had his whole life ahead of him. I can't wait for justice to be served.

     


  • dirti...
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    dirtiekittie

    March 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    i hope that there is more light shed on this scenario and quickly. i'm sure the police station is getting some heat, now that there's some national attention on this.

    the most basic question (which i've still yet to find an answer for) is EVEN if George Z is claiming self defense, why would he still not be arrested? questioned? while i'm not a police officer or an attorney, these to me seem to be the most basic parts of it. if he hasn't been arrested, charged, or questioned, how can they be sure he won't leave if he gets scared?

    i hope answers come soon, and that the family can find peace & healing. what a terrible tragedy.


  • Maevelyn
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    Maevelyn

    March 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    walking down a street isn't suspicious, if the kid had been in yards or something looking in windows then yah, sure its weird. Why live in a gated community if you don't feel safe when people walk down the street?


  • Sucro...
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    SucroseMonkey

    March 19, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    I heard about this on the radio this morning, and that article went into great detail on Florida's self-defense laws.  One of the laws says you can meet force with the same level of force if you feel it's justified.  I'm not saying what was done was right, just saying that the laws may be getting in the way in this situation.


  • PonyC...
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    PonyChaser

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Again with the Newsy link, that summarizes other news stories, instead of finding one that actually reports the facts of the case. And that Sun Sentinel article is more of a tribute to Trayvon than an actual news report about the facts of the case. It seems to me that we - and all of these people circulating petitions and stirring up social media - should sit back and wait a minute to find out if the police have done an investigation, or will do one.

    It's interesting that we keep hearing about the skittles and the iced tea, but *nothing* about the altercation. They even say that the altercation can be heard on the 911 tapes, followed by a gunshot, but they don't play it. Why?

    I'm not saying that Trayvon was NOT innocent. I'm not saying that Zimmerman shouldn't be rotting behind bars. I AM saying that these stories are reporting on emotional fallout rather than hard evidence. And I'm saying let's wait and let the police do their jobs.


  • omgitsjo
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    omgitsjo

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    He was questioned and released, kittie. Police said there was no evidence that it wasn't self defense. Which I can't see how they concluded without an investigation. Don't arrested people usually stay in jail until a hearing or until bail is set?


  • Kwiat2
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    Kwiat2

    March 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM
    I heard the 911 call on the Today show. The man FOLLOWS Trayvon despite the operator telling him NOT to simply because he looked suspicious and was black. You can then hear one of them crying for help several times and then a gunshot. Zimmerman is claiming he called for help, but I believe it was the boy.
    First of all, Zimmerman was not at his home. He was trolling around like some vigilante. Secondly, this guy physicall overpowers this kid, and HE sought him out. If the kid had a gun on him, maybe I'd believe the self defense theory. But he did not. There was no need to shoot to kill.
    This guy needs to be in jail NOW and pray for his poor family!
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