There is an Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teen in the United States, which has brough supporters planning on having more protests Wednesday and a petition demanding the shooter to be arrested (almost 1 million signatures already collected).
Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on February 26 while walking to the house of his father’s fiancée in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store where he bought some tea and candy during the ALL Stars basketball game break time.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he killed the teen in self defense. this is the part that no one understand how a neighborhood watcher was allowed to carry a weapon during his routine check to the point of even using it. There has been nearly 750,000 collected signed on a petition on Change.org demanding Zimmerman’s arrest, making it one of the website’s largest campaigns.
“A black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically suspicious. Let’s put an end to racial profiling,” the protest page said. This case has stirred a lot of racial controversies and awaken an issue that many of us tend to think of as “extinct.”
Racism, believe it or not, is still an issue in the United States. it’s concealed, but not dead.
No one can explain the fact that Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the killing of the young black unarmed teenager. A police report has described him as a white male, but his family says he is Hispanic. In the end, there has been a killing of an innocent child that needs to be lawfully resolved, no matter the race of the murderer or the victim.
Zimmerman — who was patrolling the neighborhood — saw the teen walking home after buying candy and a drink at a convenience store on February 26. He called 911 and reported what he described at that moment a suspicious person. A few moments later, several neighbors called the emergency number to report a commotion outside.
Listening to the released tape, Zimmerman could have used a racial slur during the 911 call released this week and appeared to be intoxicated. The Sanford police however did not confirm, but then again, they did not arrest him neither.
While some neighbors were still on the phone with the emergency dispatchers, cries for help followed by a single gunshot sounded in the background.
“The time that we heard the whining and then the gunshot, we did not hear any wrestling, no punching, no fighting, nothing to make it sound like there was a fight,” said Mary Cutcher, one of the callers. Cutcher told CNN’s “AC360″ on Tuesday night that Zimmerman was confused after the shooting.
“He’d pace and go back to the body and just like — I don’t know if he was kind of ‘Oh, my God, what did I do? what happened?’” she said.
The reason this case is bringing heat on Sanford Police is because it takes no Police Degree nor badge to see what had happened that day; the gunning of an innocent young black man. Yet, the murderer has not been put into custody.
Trayvon’s family said they believe race was a factor in his death, fueling an outcry in the racially mixed community 16 miles northeast of Orlando. At the same time, Zimmerman’s family has denied race played a role, saying he has many minority relatives and friends. (Personal comment: SINCE WHEN HAVING MINORITY RELATIVES AN EXCUSE OF COMMITTING MURDER? Sorry, but had to vent off a little).
Let’s take a break for a while and remove the “Race Card” out of the table: He needs to go to jail for shooting an unarmed boy during a neighborhood patrol watch while carrying a loaded gun. What’s so hard about this case? Why has he been allowed to walk away from this? I have yet to see an explanation on this one.
The shooting has renewed a debate over a controversial state law: Florida’s deadly force law, also called “stand your ground,” allows people to meet “force with force” if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant, but exactly what happened in the moments leading up to Trayvon’s death remains unclear.
Zimmerman’s father said his son never followed or confronted the teen, but 911 recordings tell a different story.
The voice of the people needs to be heard and this case needs to remind everyone the danger associated with letting people walking around with Guns on the street like “Rambo,” forgetting that even with the right to carry a gun, there comes also the responsibility to know when to use it; and killing an unarmed teenage boy (black, white, asian, hispanic, doesn’t matter) is not a wise decision.