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George Zimmerman Found NOT GUILTY In The Murder Of Trayvon Martin
On Saturday July 13, 2013 a jury of six women, of whom five were white, found George Zimmerman Not Guilty of murdering seventeen year old Trayvon Martin.
This has been an extremely interesting case in the last few weeks, but now has become racial. Because the jurors decided that twenty nine year old George Zimmerman acted in self defense, when he shot seventeen year old Trayvon Martin. An unarmed young black man near his home.
Even though there has been three weeks of evidence, the prosecuting attorney as well as the defense attorney have not been able to come up with enough evidence to help the jury decide if George Zimmerman committed the crime of murder, or did not commit the crime of murder.
The jury decided, because of the "Lack of evidence" that George Zimmerman was therefore "Not Guilty"
There was some evidence, but the newspapers, as well as Television Stations reported it as "Conflicting Evidence" Perhaps some was true, perhaps some was not. Maybe people were just confused.
Many people heard screams for help, then the fire of a shot gun.
George Zimmerman told the jury, that he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense. Because a black man had been walking around his neighborhood. Since George Zimmerman was part of the block watch, he felt he needed to keep an eye on this man. George Zimmerman started to follow him. In George Zimmerman's version, Trayvon Martin attacked him, broke his nose, then pushed him to the ground, and began to pound him in the face, and the ribs. So, George Zimmerman had to shoot him, in self defense.
Do you believe George Zimmerman is guilty or innocent?
The defense was questioning George Zimmerman, how could he allow a seventeen year old teenager to get on top of him and start pounding him in the ribs, and the face. His answer was that Trayvon Martin was able to knock him down, then pounce on him. A young man, can move very fast. Maybe Martin had special fighting skills
Others, have told the jury that it was George Zimmerman who was on top of Travyon Martin. George Zimmerman was larger then Trayvon Martin, as well as the one who was following Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman was proud that he was one of the neighborhood's watchmen. However, the only person he ever followed was Trayvon Martin. Why was this young man the only person that Zimmerman ever followed? Was the reason that Zimmerman followed Martin, is that Martin had black skin?
One of the witnesses, Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin, told the jury that Martin was afraid of a "Creepy-ass cracker" who was following him. He also told her, that the man disappeared, the suddenly reappeared. What I found interesting, when I read this report, was when the report described Rachel Jeantel, the report described her as a nineteen year old Miami woman who was still in high school, and was unable to read cursive writing. What does the inability to read cursive writing have to do with this case?
Her description of Trayvon Martin was very different. He was her friend. She knew his family. He had friends, loved his family, and smiled a lot. In her eyes he was normal. Just a teenage boy.
After being found not guilty
A protest march was started in California, just a few hours after the first news report, that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. There have been several protests, most of them have been peaceful, but a few have had small acts of vandalism. Some people have started fire in the streets, while others have spray painted anti-police graffiti on police cars.
Roslyn M. Brock, who is the the chairman of the NAACP said, in a statement " We call immediately for the Justice department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin."
A Non-Violent Riot
The fact that George Zimmerman was found not guilty has shown us that racism is alive and well in the United States. The author of this hub believes that racial profiling is very active, and many people are racist, but they hide it.
Racism is growing, I have written several hubs about racism, it is a horrible thing, and many people suffer pain from it. Our blood is read, our bones are white, and our brains are gray. Why does the color of our skin make us different? It should not.
Do you think if Zimmerman was black, and Martin were white, Zimmerman would have been found guilty?