It’s taken a long time, but this horrendous crime is finally making news.
“Trayvon had a bag of Skittles,’’ Fulton’s attorney, Ben Crump, told Lauer. “(Zimmerman) had a nine millimeter gun. He was almost 80 pounds more weight than Trayvon Martin. This is a situation where when you…listen to those 911 tapes and the three witnesses, everyone in America is asking, when are they going to arrest Zimmerman for killing this kid in cold blood?’’
The 911 tape is chilling (see video), the second call is is reportedly from the man alleged to have gunned down Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman, being described as a “neighborhood watch volunteer,” is fortunate he’s not black. If he were he’d be in jail.
Zimmerman’s father is focusing on the media in a one-page letter he sent the Orando-Sentinel.
Reading Charles Blow is the first time I’d heard about this case.
Trayvon had left the house he and his father were visiting to walk to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, who was in a sport-utility vehicle. Zimmerman called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. The operator told Zimmerman that officers were being dispatched and not to pursue the boy.
Zimmerman apparently pursued him anyway, at some point getting out of his car and confronting the boy. Trayvon had a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Zimmerman had a 9 millimeter handgun.
The two allegedly engaged in a physical altercation. There was yelling, and then a gunshot.
What made Zimmerman leave his car with his hand gun to pursue a smaller, younger, un-armed black youth?
There aren’t any individuals who own a firearm (myself included) that aren’t told at some point that pursuing someone in the manner Zimmerman did is wrong, illegal, not to mention ripe with felonious intent. You are taught that if someone is in your own home you can defend yourself, but if they flee and are outside you cannot.
Zimmerman’s actions were clearly premeditated.
There is no answer to date of what made Trayvon Martin look “real suspicious.”
Think Progress has a run-down of all the reports on this tragedy.
The unspeakable motivation of anyone to take a firearm on to the street to confront a citizen screams of a vigilante mentality that ignores respect for human rights, something that plagues our country to its core.
This event also brings to mind the firearms brought to select Tea Party events, with media capturing pictures of people openly carrying pistols to rallies, holstered at their side.
UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that the Justice Department announced this evening that the Civil Rights Division, in conjunction with the F.B.I., will do a full investigation of Trayvon Martin’s murder.