Trayvon Martin, a black high-school junior from Miami, was visiting his family at their gated community home in Sanford, FL, on February 26th. He was shot to death when he encountered George Michael Zimmerman, captain of the neighborhood-crime-watch group.
When Trayvon returned home from a trip to a local convenience store in their Sanford, Florida neighborhood, he and Zimmerman got into an altercation and Trayvon ended up dead.
Family and supporters of Trayvon’s case are demanding justice; there are still many questions people in the community want answered, namely: why an unarmed 17-year-old who simply went to a nearby 7-Eleven for a bag of Skittles never made it home alive?
Facebook pages and Tweets have been created so everyone can express their feelings about what they believe was a racially motivated killing.
Before the shooting, Zimmerman had already called the cops to report a "suspicious person" in the neighborhood and according to him, the shooting was in self-defense.
Strapped with his 9mm handgun, because all neighborhood watch captains carry around assault weapons, Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, shooting him in the chest and killing him 70 feet away from his father’s home.
The thing is, the police dispatcher advised Zimmerman not to engage the youth and to wait for police to arrive, he didn’t and Trayvon ended up dead.
The Sanford Police Department concluded their investigation of the shooting, clearing Zimmerman of any wrong-doing.
But what has many in the community angry is the sensibility of the Sanford Police's handling of the case. For instance, the department has refused to release the 911 tapes, which prompted the Martin family to hire an attorney and file a public records lawsuit to get the recordings.
The case has been turned over to the State’s Attorney, who must now decide whether to charge 28-year-old Zimmerman with a crime. It will likely take several weeks to review the evidence and conduct a more thorough investigation.
Trayvon's family, attorneys and supporters say he is the victim of racial profiling and demand that Zimmerman be charged with murder.
Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense, and police never considered the case as anything but possible manslaughter.
Zimmerman’s past suggests that he wanted to be, at one time, a law enforcement official as he attended the University of Central Florida while studying criminal justice.
He had a concealed-weapons permit to carry and patrolled his neighborhood while carrying his 9mm handgun.
Zimmerman is an ideal candidate to identify with “Hero Syndrome,” an affliction related to people who seek heroism or recognition. It’s a syndrome associated with people who have a yearning for self-worth.
Once a criminal justice student and now captain of the neighborhood watch, Zimmerman wanted to be a hero of sorts.
His over analyzation of Trayvon rolling through his neighborhood must have triggered the common stereotype that he was selling narcotics, up to no good and wanted to start trouble.
It’s sad and Trayvon’s killing, I believe, was racially motivated. Looking "suspicious" is no excuse for killing an innocent young man.