Laying on the Ground- The Trayvon Martin Murder

Laying on the Ground- The Trayvon Martin Murder

By: Brentton Walker

On February 26th, 2012, a 17-year-old African American Male named Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a trip to a local convenience store while holding skittles and a drink. “George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, spotted him and called police.  A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman that officers were on the way and not to follow the allegedly suspicious person. But Zimmerman still got out of his car, later telling police he just wanted to get a definitive address to relay to authorities”(cnn.com). After a brief encounter, a physical altercation broke out, resulting in the shooting of Trayvon, enraging millions of people around the United States of America.

Justice was not done, because the Judge and the Jury did not follow the law. George Zimmerman repeatedly admitted to killing Trayvon Martin, yet The Stand Your Ground Law was used to protect him. “Prosecutors never accused Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, of being racist. But they did argue that he wrongly and spitefully prejudged Martin as one of those “f***ing punks,” as he’s heard saying under his breath in his call to police” (cnn.com). With this being said, Zimmerman had already profiled Martin, had a pre-conceived notion of what to look for in a suspicious character, approached and provoked Trayvon to engage in an altercation with him.  For clarification, The Stand Your Ground law, according to Online Sunshine states:

“A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:

(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and

(b) The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred” (leg.state.fl.us).

Mr. Zimmerman was a registered gun owner. Every gun owner (including myself) knows that with great power, comes great responsibility. Just because he had a gun did not give him the right to pursue Trayvon for probable cause. In fact Trayvon hadn’t committed a crime.  He was not a police officer and should not have acted accordingly. He acted out of impulse, instead of following directions from the 911 dispatcher.  Just because he had the firepower to pursue, gave him no right to kill Trayvon. The Stand Your Ground Law wrongfully stood to protect George Zimmerman as he executed an innocent, unarmed, 17-year old with skittles and a drink. Arizona, among other states also honors this law. In this case, justice was not served.

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3 Responses to Laying on the Ground- The Trayvon Martin Murder

  1. yquinte4 says:

    I definitely couldn’t agree more with you Brent. I also believe justice was not served in the Zimmerman case. If Zimmerman wouldn’t have tried to take matters into his own hands and just followed the directions of the 911 operator, Trayvon Martin would likely still be alive today.

    -Yazmeen Q.

  2. jamietraxler says:

    It’s interesting that Zimmerman has since gotten in trouble with the law after his acquittal. Is there something to be said about people feeling like if they can get away with murder, they can get away with anything? His wife also was charged with perjury and she’s filing for divorce. His life is obviously very dysfunctional. Maybe this will be a repeat OJ situation? I’m sure he’ll be in the news again soon enough.

  3. dlopezra says:

    I completely agree with your statements. The facts that you have presented demonstrate Zimmerman’s act as unnecessary. Zimmerman didn’t follow orders when instructed to wait and not follow Trayvon Martin. Not only was Trayvon Martin harmless, he was not provoking Zimmerman to react in such a manner. Even thought, Trayvon Martin fits Zimmerman’s description of a “suspicious character”, there was absolutely no need to physically encounter Trayvon after Zimmerman had contacted the police. An important factor within this case is Zimmerman’s inability to restrain himself. If Zimmerman had followed the operator’s instructions and not apprehended Trayvon, 17-year old Trayvon Martin would still be alive.

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