Arrest Trayvon Martin's killer

Deadly Force

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

Justice for Trayvon Martin

People always ask me why I fight racial profiling by law enforcement and why I am against any Tom, Dick, and Harry carrying a gun around. Simply put, it is dangerous and leads to confrontations that are deadly. Look at the case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Neighborhood Watch Captain, George Zimmerman shot Martin while the child was walking home from 7-11. Martin was 17. Zimmerman, 28, claimed self-defense. However, a closer look at the case and the 911 tapes paint a different picture.

Martin was staying with his father’s girlfriend while serving a school suspension for excessive tardiness. During half time of the NBA All-Star game he walked to the store in the rain to buy a can of tea and some skittles for his little brother. Zimmerman was patrolling his neighborhood, when he spotted Martin and called police to report a suspicious subject. The 911 dispatcher asks Zimmerman if he is following Martin and instructs him not too. According to Zimmerman, Martin started running. What happens next is under dispute, but 140lb. Trayvon Martin was shot once in the chest and 200lb George Zimmerman was standing over his body. Martin died at the scene some 70 yards from his family’s home, and Zimmerman has yet to be arrested because he claimed self-defense.

Trayvon Martin had never been arrested, yet Zimmerman sized him up as dangerous in a matter of seconds. Trayvon Martin is said to have brought joy to his teacher’s and classmates, yet he is in his grave because George Zimmerman executed him. Zimmerman was carrying a 9 mm pistol and the question should be why? Martin had a bag of skittles and a tea and the question should be why did he pose a threat to Zimmerman?

It’s simple, the wannabe lawman, Zimmerman, profiled Martin and his ability to carry a concealed weapon ended in Martin’s death. Now, Martin’s family is asking for justice but a recent Florida law allows you to ‘stand your ground’ and claim self-defense and that’s what Zimmerman did. Although all of the facts—Zimmerman followed Martin, the teen was scared and started to run, and the fact that Zimmerman pursued him and confronted him—belie that claim. On the tapes you can hear someone scream for help and then one act of finality—the gun shot. Zimmerman says he was the one screaming, but neighbors say it was Trayvon.

Black men are profiled all the time especially when they visit areas that ‘they don’t belong in.’ Yet the game has changed because states like Florida and Arizona make it easy to carry a concealed weapon and that puts deadly force in the hands of those who may be more likely to use it.

Trayvon Martin died because he is black. The question is, what if the tables were turned and Zimmerman was lying in the grass dead, could Martin then claim self-defense. You don’t have to answer that. Give us justice for Trayvon Martin.

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Anne Pettit 4 years ago from North Carolina

I believe the homeowners association also has some explaining to do. George Zimmerman should not have been in this position of perceived authority.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

It's happens too much these days to young black youth and the perp gets away with it. It's hard to have any faith that Trayvon's case will be brought to justice. They finally released the tapes and that baby cried tears and screamed for help before Zimmerman's gun silenced him. His (Zimmerman's) comments on the tape proves that he was not going to let another one of "them" get away with something.

He had the gun and he was looking for a kill plain and simple *shaking my head*. Trayvon is yet another face of victimized hatred. It could have just as well have been me and some of us need to wake up and stop acting like this threat is not prevalenta and taken on a new type of zeal.


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junko 4 years ago

habueld, there are 27 simular states with laws that support any non-black killing a black male if fear is claimed. If Zimmerman had shot a white man or woman and claimed Stand Your Ground, he would not be allowed a gound to stand on. If he was to shoot a black woman, he may still be consider in his rights. Here in the state of Louisiana a law was passed that gave citizens the right to shoot to kill any black man that approach you while you are sitting in your car. This law was created to stop car jacking.These types laws that protects the executioners can and will be used some day to protect those whites who will choose to randomly kill white out of fear and hate. Than the laws in these 27 states will be outlawed. Until than black men young and old should beware of state laws and state rights.


jaye williams 4 years ago

its not just race although trayvon was profiled by zimmerman because he was black. but it just the killing it was so unjustified. it could be anyone's son even a white kid whom zimmerman didnt like what he was wearing. you just shouldnt be able to kill a person and just say oh it was self defense when everything points to you the shooter as the aggressor.


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junko 4 years ago

jaye williams, you expressed my sentiment in other words. May I add that it is racist for states to pass laws that allow the murder of minorities. I think you know and Zimmerman knew he could not kill a white child and get away with murder. This is a serious problem when some people are given the right to kill certain people by the state's government. Sometimes the federal Government must declare state laws unlawful and Federal Courts must declare those state laws unconstitutional to not appear to be a racist Federal Government.


idratherbe 4 years ago

My heart goes out to his family. I'm constantly hearing the argument of having the right to bear arms, but time after time I hear stories like this! And sadly, so many gun owner's say it will never happen to them. Tell that to Trayvon's parents and other parents who have also suffered a loss. State and Federal Laws need to be revisited and changed. People need to learn to leave policing to the police!


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

I am not so sure that this crime is racially motivated. I might believe it more if the killer was blonde and blue-eyed. This guy appears to be a minority too. I just believe that he was on a power trip as a "neigborhood watchman." Believe it or not, this kind of stuff goes to some people's heads. That does not mean that this guy should go free. He needs to be in jail!!! I just read that the Dept. of Justice and the FBI were getting involved, so I am sure that he will soon be behind bars where he belongs.


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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

Just wondering, but do you actually believe that because he is half-Hispanic, that this cannot be racially motivated?


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NightFlower 4 years ago

I thought he looked hispanic but he made several statements that suggested racial profiling, for instance: "He looks suspicious", These a holes..."They" always get away". In the dark how do you come to the conclusion someone "looks" suspicious"? Also who is "they"?


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junko 4 years ago

With the type of state laws here in Louisiana and in Florida Zimmerman could be targeted. In most cases these laws are aimed at minorities who are considered the criminal element. White collar crimes has no shoot to kill laws. Two weeks ago in New Orleans a 17 year old unarmed child dressed in pajama bottoms was shot and kill in a drug raid on his house which resulted in the discovery of ounces of weed.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

No, of course not. habueld. I do believe that some minorities can "hate" other minorities and I do read the newspaper where there is plenty of evidence to that fact. I just think that the guy was on a power trip. Previously, he had shown behavior that led me to that conclusion, which consisted of following other residents home, etc. Power trips, caused by someone allowing a little authority to go to their head, is well documented in all races and ethnic groups, and even in employment segments - like policemen. While, like minorities, I believe that most policemen are the good guys, we have those rogues who are more into it for themselves than they should be. When you put one of these types (and I mean personalities) into any kind of authority situation at all, this is what occurs. Since I happen to have a 6 year old grandson of mixed descent, this type of stuff keeps me up at night.


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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

The fact is that Zimmerman went from house to house asking his neighbors to be on the look out for young black men in the neighborhood who were up to no good. One resident, who is African American actually said that Zimmerman sent out an email profiling those people who were committing crimes. He said that he fit the profile, so he chose to go walk at the mall with his pregnant wife because he didn't want anyone to chase him around. This was about race and racial profiling.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

Habueld and junko u both are right.


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junko 4 years ago

Excuse me Connie, this is not my hub, but I like you, my interest is personal concerning the death of a child. Any child. My concern is state laws that allows no fault murders and the only hope for and justice is with the Federal Government. I believe Zimmerman also knew about the (stand your ground) law and made his decision to kill according to the law. I wonder if the Federal Government would get involved if the the President was a Conservative.


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NightFlower 4 years ago

Oh I don't have any problems with anyone. I am only speaking of what I know to be true as an African American.


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Paladin_ 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

In case anyone still has doubts about the racial aspects of this killing, I encourage you to listen to the 911 recording for which habueld has provided a link.

Right after the operator asks Zimmerman, "which entrance is he heading towards?" he replies, "the back entrance." Then there is some noise, like someone blowing into the phone mic, then, precisely at 2:21, amidst the interference, you can hear Zimmerman mutter under his breath "f...king coons."

Kudos to The Young Turks internet audience for catching this. Now let's see if the mainstream media actually reports it.


habueld profile image

habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

OMG. You are so right. He does say "f...king coons."


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Yes, I just read that and came back to admit I was wrong. The article I read said they held that 911 tape back. I always base my opinions on facts and I hope you will all forgive me since those particular facts were not available to me when I made my post. Still, I think we can all agree that there were signs pointing to the fact that this guy was taking his role far too seriously BEFORE Trayvon got shot. This did not have to happen!


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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

No worries.


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Paladin_ 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

The Young Turks now have a clip posted on their YouTube page where they analyze the clip. The interference isn't quite so loud, and you can hear Zimmerman's comments a bit more clearly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNI5CA5jijw&feature...


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NightFlower 4 years ago

Okay so then why is the police department allowing Zimmerman to go free? With all the evidence that they had long before we did and with Zimmerman being in an unauthorized position of "watchman". The police depts management of this case is highly questionable. How is his freedom justified? (I'm working my frustrations out on your page habueld *wink*) Thank you for giving me a place to come.


Ivy 4 years ago

This reminds me far too much of the murder of Vincent Chin and even in the execution of Troy Davis. After the all the progress that this country has made racism and racial profiling still exists and is both facilitated and encouraged through the legal system. Zimmerman killed a scrawny, black, unarmed teenage boy and INSTIGATED the entire situation by following him in the first place! And then pursued Martin when he was trying to run away! If you were a scrawny black teenage boy being followed by a 200 lbs hulking white stranger, I'm sure you would try to run home too!If the situation was flipped and Martin chased down Zimmerman and killed him simply because he felt like he might be up to know good, he would be be labeled a thug and thrown in prison for the rest of life or put on death row. Its ludicrous and vague laws like this that allow racism, senseless killing, and free-for-alls to occur without repercussions. Zimmerman shouldn't get let off for self defense! HE CHASED DOWN MARTIN WITHOUT A REAL REASON!!! He should be arrested for instigating an alteration, murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and stalking. He should also be tested and treated for paranoia and should lose his gunman's license.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Hi habueld. I thought you might be interested in this article that I read from Poynter, which is a journalism school and also happens to own the St. Petersburg Times (now called Tampa Bay Times). I found it interesting, thought you might too and also thought it would be interesting to get your take on it from you since you wrote about Trayvon's murder. Here is the site:

http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/167...


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NightFlower 4 years ago

I agree with you Ivy...that darned "stand your ground" law doesn't apply unless you really are threatened and he (Zimmerman) was clearly and unequivocally the aggressor in this situation. How anyone can not see that this is not a blatant case of discrimination or is struggling to see it for what it truly is gets so beyond me. I'm so tired of people trying to dumb racism down. Acting like it's anything else but cause as you said if the script was flipped Trayvon would already be on death row.


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habueld 4 years ago from Riverside, CA Author

Thank you Connie, it's a big help.


msjings 4 years ago

why is this being called a race crime. clearly, zimmerman was wrong but was he not hispanic? why are these things always turned into a black/white issue? neither of these men were white.


HSpang 4 years ago

I still don't understand why Zimmerman has not been arrested. It has to happen. Then let the course of Justice handle it from there. He was the aggressor when told not to follow the boy.


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Paladin_ 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

Ms, the racial overtones of this incident arise from Zimmerman's comments on the 911 recording. He first observed that "these assholes always get away" -- which, by itself, doesn't suggest a racist attitude (he could have been talking about any group he didn't like).

However, he later muttered under his breath, "f..king coons." With this clarification, there is no misunderstanding who the "assholes" are.


Mik 4 years ago

Shut up


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

No doubt that he is a racist! Mixed up and messed up which is just what the agenda of rule by divisionalism is all about. Hope he and others like him get his/their just deserts...

A young and beautiful lad killed for what ???

best from jandee


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capncrunch 4 years ago from New Orleans

Sadly, we all know there is plenty of bigotry in our world! Florida is no exception, but is not exclusive. Most of us are trying to keep an open mind about this whole situation. That is not easy to do when the media is doctoring recordings themselves.

I have my own feelings about Mr.Zimmerman. I have worked with over-zealous ones who would have much rathered being something they were not.

I am sad for Trayvon's family, because he was far too young to have his life ended!

I hope one day in the near future we as a society will gain enough knowledge to understand what actually happened and not some excerpts from a media.


shanghai 4 years ago

Trayvon is getting his Grave On....


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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

SCANDALOUS ! OUTRAGEOUS ! BLATANT ACCEPTANCE OF MURDER!!

Just heard the appalling news on the case of the RACIST MURDER of Trayvon Martin. Here in Liverpool U.K I have just seen the smug grin of the murderer and I feel sick. Sick for the parents and friends/family of Trayvon so how you over in U.S feel I cannot imagine. What an injustice that this person may be allowed freedom I hope it doesn't come to that,

jandee


JustJP 4 years ago

Trayvon was a effin THUG, He got what he deserved.

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